Michaela Rayner

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Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34
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About me

I'm a fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy counsellor, with extensive experience and have been in private practice for over 25 years. My first consultation is free to see if I am the right person to help you change your life and take control. I specialise in OCD and anxiety professionally but also have a very personal experience with my daughter with severe OCD so this helps me to truly understand the disorder and help others to take control of it and feel well or at least be able to live with it. I also have vast experience with other conditions and  illnesses.

My first consultation is free as I like to be able to help you find the right therapist for you.

I will help you to:

Change your thoughts...

                              Change the way you feel...

                                                                  Change your life and take control!

You can get freedom from:

Depression, Anxiety, Low Self Confidence and Self Worth, Abuse, Relationship issues, Low Self Esteem, Weight Issues, Phobias, OCD, Life Guidance, Eating Disorders, Alcohol, drugs and other Addictions, PTSD and MORE!

I specialise in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with depression and anxiety due to personal experience of caring for my daughter who has OCD

Free assessment consultation

Your first session provides an opportunity for us to explore the issues that have brought you to counselling and raise any concerns and expectations you may have. You will learn how CBT would work for you as an individual. The consultation takes place in a professional but comfortable environment where confidentiality, empathy and understanding is employed throughout. The assessment consultation is NOT a commitment to continue with counselling but to help you to decide if this type of therapy is for you.

What to expect if you continue with therapy

If you have individual therapy:

We will usually meet on a weekly, or fortnightly basis, or longer depending on your individual issues. Each session will last about 60 minutes. In the first 2-4 sessions I will ask you questions about your past life and background. Although CBT concentrates on the here and now, at times you may need to talk about the past to understand how it is affecting you now.

You decide what you want to deal with in the short, medium and long term. Together we will decide how to move forward with the therapy.

The sessions:

Together we will break each problem down into its separate parts. To help this process, I may ask you to keep a diary. This will help you to identify your individual patterns of thoughts, emotions, bodily feelings and actions.

Together we will look at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to work out if they are unrealistic or unhelpful land how they affect each other, and you. I will then help you to work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. It's easy to talk about doing something, much harder to actually do it. So, after you have identified what you can change, I will recommend "homework" and practice exercises to help you to make changes in your everyday life.

Depending on the situation, you might start to:

Question a self-critical or upsetting thought and replace it with more helpful (and more realistic) one that you have developed in CBT.

Recognise that you are about to do something that will make you feel worse and, instead, do something more helpful.

At each meeting you discuss how you've got on since the last session. I will help with suggestions if any of the tasks seem too hard or don't seem to be helping.
I will not ask you to do things you don't want to do - you decide the pace of the treatment and what you will and won't try. The strength of CBT is that you can continue to practise and develop your skills even after the sessions have finished. This makes it less likely that your symptoms or problems will return.

Training, qualifications & experience

HND Cognitive Counselling, MBACP, Certificate in Transactional Analysis, Certificate in Person Centred Counselling, Registered Mental Nurse.

I have a vast experience of private practice for 25yrs, contract work and EAP work.

I specialise in OCD and have been involved with OCD Action for many years, lecturing on the disorder and been involved within many support groups personally and professionally as I have a personal interest due to my daughter who is now 33yrs old being diagnosed with OCD at the age of 8yrs old.

I have worked in an alcohol and drugs unit.

I have worked for Safeline which is a charity that helps survivors of child abuse.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with


£60.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

£60 a session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday-Friday and I am available outside of office hours

Millers Road, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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