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About me

My approach uses a variety of methods based on my training as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I am very influenced by the person-centred approach of Carl Rodgers, with his emphasis on empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard.

The needs of the client always come first. I can use talking as my primary approach, but I can also use art and play in order to help get in touch with feelings not able to be described by words alone.

You can contact me by telephone or email. The first step will be to arrange an initial session (free of charge) which will assess your needs and agree timings. With your agreement counselling sessions will take place on a weekly basis for one hour each session.

Counselling can be long (over 12 weeks and continuing) or short term (up to 6 or 12 sessions)..

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).Registration number 129825.
BACP Certificate of Proficiency (July 2015).
Wessex Counselling Service, Diploma in School Counselling (Secondary)(2013).
Karuna Institute (Devon), three years psychotherapy training (2004-2007).

Currently a school counsellor, Chew Valley Secondary School (2008 to date), and a volunteer counsellor with Off The Record Bath (Young people’s information and counselling service).


  • a counsellor for young carers, and the counselling co-ordinator, for the Carers Centre Bath and North East Somerset (2013 to 2015).
  • Volunteer psychotherapist fort Kids Company in London (2009 to 2011).
  • Director and counsellor for Mentoring Plus, Bath and North East Somerset (2010-2013)
  • Director Off The Record Bath and North East Somerset (2003-2006)

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Additional information

The first assessment session is free of charge.

£45 for an hourly session on a weekly basis for up to six weeks. A reduced fee can be agreed for periods of longer than six weeks.

For work in schools the fee is £25 per hour.


Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 9 till 5, and some evening and weekends.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Additional languages


Michael Tichelar

Michael Tichelar