Michaela Gill (Registered MBACP, Dip Therapeutic Counselling)
Hi - I am an experienced person-centred counsellor.
This means that I am here to listen and to help you find a way through your problems or deal with difficult emotions.
If you feel lost or confused, anxious, afraid or overwhelmed, I can support you through this difficult time, help you to feel better and work with you to identify the best way forward. If you have suffered a loss or bereavement, I can provide a space for you to explore your feelings honestly and openly.
I have worked with a wide range of clients, of all ages - from teenagers to clients in their 70’s. I am experienced in counselling for loss and bereavement, self-esteem and confidence, anxiety, depression, relationship and other family related issues, stress and work related difficulties.
Being person centred, means that the way I work, involves putting you at the very centre of the counselling process, so we will focus on what is important to you and what you want to achieve through counselling.
Together, we can think through any changes you wish to make to yourself, your life or your relationships. I will give you the time and space you need to gain insight into your problems and begin to move forward with your life
We will work at a pace, which is right for you. I provide a safe, confidential and welcoming space for you to explore your issues, without fear of being judged.
I am happy to work on both a short-term (4 - 6 sessions) or a longer term basis.
Grief & Loss related work
As well as dealing with a wide range of issues, I have developed a special interest in working with clients who have experienced ‘loss’.
This includes bereavement counselling, but also extends to clients who have experienced loss in other ways such as loss of career, friendship or personal identity.
Coping with feelings of loss can be a very difficult & lonely process. These feelings can be triggered by life’s many challenges, including the ageing process, a deterioration in health or changes in lifestyle, career or family circumstances. Counselling can help by providing a safe space to express these difficult emotions and eventually help clients to ‘make sense’ of their situation and begin the healing process.
I am also passionate about offering Pet Bereavement counselling, which I feel is an under-represented area of counselling provision.
How to get started with Counselling
To take the next step, please contact me. I will reply to you as soon as possible, but within 2 working days.
Following this initial contact, we can then arrange a consultation, which is free of charge. This usually lasts for half an hour and can be done either face to face or over the telephone, if you prefer.
The consultation is friendly and informal, but we will discuss your needs and what you want to get out of the counselling process. Following our discussion, if we both feel that counselling is the best option for you and you are happy to go ahead, we can arrange your next appointment.
I offer counselling from my comfortable and easily accessible practice, which is based in Whitley Bay. It is within a few minutes walk of both Whitley Bay and Cullercoats Metro stations. It also has easy on-road parking. Please see below for photographs of my therapy room.
Training, qualifications & experience
Besides private practice, my counselling experience includes being a counsellor in a large Further Education College, a Community Counselling Service and a Family Counselling Centre.
I am currently employed as a counsellor in a local university, as well as being part of a team of counsellors offering support via occupational health in a local authority.
In addition, I have worked as a counsellor in a hospice setting, counselling patients who have life-limiting illnesses and their families. Initially, I worked at St Ann’s Hospice in Cheshire and now, I am a volunteer with Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle, who provide emotional support for bereaved families. I have a specialist Diploma in Grief & Bereavement Counselling & am currently studying on a Pet Bereavement Counselling Certificate.
I am a registered member of the BACP and I work within their professional and ethical framework. I have professional indemnity insurance, regularly update my training and professional development and receive ongoing Supervision, as recommended by the professional body. I have passed the BACP’s Certificate of Proficiency.
Counselling Related Qualifications
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Analytical Hypnotherapy
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Life Coaching
- Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
- Certificate in Understanding Dementia
- Diploma in Grief & Bereavement Counselling
- Certificate in Pet Bereavement Counselling, (currently studying)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss of any kind
Photos & videos
I offer a free half hour initial consultation to discuss your needs. This can be carried out over the telephone or face to face.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £40 per session.
I am happy to work both on a short term (between 4 - 6 sessions) or a longer term basis with clients.
All kinds of loss including Pet Bereavement
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime & some evening appointments
Types of client