Michaela Murphy - PgDip Relationship Therapy, Registered Member MBACP
West Wycombe Road
Having just relocated from High Wycombe to Hassocks (near Brighton) I am in the process of setting up my Sussex-based practice but it will be some weeks before I can offer face to face sessions.
I am continuing to work via Skype or telephone with established clients from my High Wycombe practice and can offer the same for any former clients who would like to start a new piece of work. Please contact me to discuss.
I hope to be opening up my list to new Sussex based clients in November but please feel free to contact me in the meantime to discuss.
As a Relate-trained and BACP Registered counsellor I specialise in Relationship Counselling for couples, families and individuals; helping you to untangle and make sense of your relationship issues.
When a relationship gets into difficulties it can cause great anxiety to all concerned, and it can therefore be hard to see things clearly. By exploring your situation in a calm, non-judgmental counselling setting you will gain greater clarity and insight into your relationship, enabling you to find a positive, constructive way forward.
By asking thought-provoking questions and encouraging a mutual sharing of thoughts and ideas I'll help you gain a deep, fundamental understanding of your relationship. With these insights you can make an informed choice about the future direction for your relationship. The sessions are dynamic and collaborative with a focus on creating positive change. Generally we would meet once a week and together we will set the agenda for each session with regular reviews as we work.
Some testimonials from my clients (all shared anonymously and with permission):
"Before my session I had always been a bit sceptical of counselling but Michaela soon made me realise that it was going to be a very worthwhile process. She opened my mind to things I would never have thought had a bearing on my relationship issues with my girlfriend. She helped me to articulate things better to my girlfriend. It is fair to say that counselling sessions with Michaela were the missing link between me and my girlfriend becoming an understanding and empathetic couple again.
I am a much happier person and my relationship is now the strongest it's been in over a year!
So thankful for all your work with us."
"My husband and I started sessions with Michaela because we had stopped communicating and basically didn't like each other very much, but wanted things to be better. Right from the start our sessions with Michaela made both of us feel like we could talk openly and without judgement - she made us really think about what was going on and how we wanted things to be in the future. It's never easy changing the habits of a lifetime, but we both felt that our sessions with Michaela put our relationship No.1 on the list, at least for an hour a week. Michaela has given us some tools going forward and we're a much happier family now."
"My two daughters and I decided that we needed help to restore what had been a very close relationship but, for whatever reason, had become fraught and full of tensions. We had a variety of sessions with Michaela – all three of us together, in pairs, individually – and somehow we all gained an understanding that had been missing. Michaela always stressed that our individual sessions were confidential and yet, without ever divulging what had been said, she magically managed to bring about an understanding as though it had been spoken. Her skill and perception are second to none."
"When we started seeing Michaela, I was worried that our family situation had broken down irretrievably. I wasn't sure anyone could help us, but from the outset, Michaela was supportive, positive and understanding. Within weeks our relationships have improved immeasurably and we're already a much happier family unit. I'm so glad we found Michaela; without her, I worry our sad situation would have just kept rumbling along."
"Fantastic. Michaela has been life changing in the most positive way. Thank you."
"When I first came with my husband I felt sure we would divorce, now I realise that was such an unfounded fear. Counselling has definitely improved our relationship as a couple as well as individuals."
"Words simply can't express how absolutely grateful I am for all of my sessions with you. Thank you."
Training, qualifications & experience
I belong to the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (cert # 040551).
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy and predominantly draw upon Systemic and Psychodynamic theory bases in my counselling work. Working systemically allows us to look at the effect of external influences on you / your relationship e.g. family, culture, social group etc. Working psychodynamically helps us understand any unconscious influences, e.g. past experiences, underlying concerns etc.
Prior to establishing my private practice I worked as an Experienced Relationship Counsellor for Relate Mid Thames & Bucks, and prior to that I trained and worked as a Bereavement Counsellor for the Camden, City, Islington, Westminster Bereavement service in London, supporting bereaved clients on a one-to-one basis.
- Post-graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy - The Relate Institute, University of Hull
- Certificate in Psychodynamic Couple Counselling - The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London
- Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling - School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, London
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
- Working With Affairs
- Time-Limited Therapy (working within 6-12 sessions)
- Mental Health and Couple Counselling
- Using Narrative Therapy With Couples
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Creative Ways of Helping Bereaved Children and Families
- Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Working with clients from the LGBT Community
- Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings Through Sandplay
- LGBT Inclusion training course for mainstream relationship service providers
- Domestic Violence & Abuse - Awareness, Assessment and Intervention
- Group Skills for Trainers
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
SOME COMMON ISSUES FOR COUPLES
- repetitive (cyclical) arguments
- communication difficulties
- loss of emotional / physical connection
- impact of parenthood
- separation and divorce
- cross cultural relationships
- affairs / betrayals
- empty nest re-adjustment
- pre-nuptial counselling
- impact of bereavement on relationships
- Difficulties with in-laws / step families
SOME COMMON ISSUES FOR INDIVIDUALS / FAMILY ISSUES
- indecision about whether to stay or leave a relationship
- history of unsatisfying relationships
- 'crossroads' decision making
- difficulties making / maintaining friendships
- commitment anxieties
- communication difficulties with parents / siblings
- cross cultural relationships
- low self-esteem
- impact of a bereavement on your relationships
- problematic professional relationships
- issues with trust
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I offer a variety of weekday daytime & evening appointments plus Saturday mornings.
30 minute initial consultation - no charge
A good client / counsellor 'fit' is vital. I offer a free (no obligation) 30 minute telephone conversation to help us decide whether we'd like to work together.
60 minute appointment - £60
A full hour gives us a focused amount of time to work together and is ideal for fitting into a busy schedule.
90 minute appointment - £85
A great session length to really get into the flow of exploration. Also perfect for couples as it offers more 'air time' for you both. The longer session allows us to achieve more from each visit.
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Type of session
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I offer a variety of weekday daytime & evening appointments.
Types of client