MICHAELA SHEPPARD. SARC. CHILDREN. TEENAGERS. FAMILIES. COUPLES. ADULTS.
HELLO AND WELCOME
I am an experienced integrative therapist currently working in Harley Street, Eastbourne, Hastings and Brighton. I work with all ages ranging from children, teenagers, adults and couples.
I'm aware how the first step of reaching out for help and talking with a therapist can be daunting, scary and overwhelming. I have the highest respect for you and those people who have the bravery to do so, to face your challenges. To have an opportunity to flourish and blossom as opposed to just survive. Most of us do struggle at times in life and having the willingness to seek professional help is an opportunity to transform one's life for the better, as well as break negative repetitive patterns.
I will always recall the first time I started my own personal therapy and my own feelings of fear and feeling vulnerable. However for me it was a life changing experience, and the most momentous period of positive change. So I have personally experienced the feelings around contacting a therapist, also how it may well be for you at this present moment whilst reading.
With this in mind, I work in a very relational and encompassing safe environment, allowing our therapeutic relationship to grow in the therapy room. Also how unique and rare to have the opportunity to open up and talk and be heard and truely listened to. Don't you agree? You deserve this opportunity in life and to find out who you truly are.
Therapy can be at times extremely tough, however it is also a positive and empowering experience engendering a greater self-awareness and understanding. In your therapy you will learn to take responsibility for improving the quality of your life. By developing and applying new, realistic skills and techniques, to change the unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviours to help you better manage your problems. My role is to guide, assist and support you through your very personal journey.
The quality of my therapeutic relationship with you and other clients is important, as I firmly believe this to be a major contributing factor to the overall success of therapy, and to the development of a positive therapeutic experience. An open, informal, relaxed, empathic, warm, collaborative and honest relationship, based on good rapport and trust, and respect.
It's an approach that has contributed to many of my clients' ongoing motivation to attend their therapy sessions and to improve the overall quality of their lives. This also allows for a safe and comfortable space to allow you to explore your thoughts, feelings and unhelpful behaviours, managing your problems without judgement. Through the use of numerous specialist and transferable skills and knowledge. I am committed to providing an individualised, high quality therapeutic experience based on best practice and prioritisation of you and your individual needs.
I have also seen whilst working with children, teenagers and parents, how difficult and frustrating it can be to find the support needed and how resources are so very limited when help is needed. Please feel free to contact me and I will do my utmost to help.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Academic Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Level 6, BACP Accredited Course)
- NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory Level 3
- NCFE Certificate - Introduction to counselling skills Level 2
- NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 1
- Ascentis Foundation Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
- Grassroots Suicide Prevention
- Sexual Abuse Referral Centre
- Pre-Trial Therapy
- Advanced Alcohol and Drug Dependency Training
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Anxiety
- CRI Counselling Services Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training
- Couples Therapy
- Trauma work
Additional Training and Workshops:
- Certificate in Bereavement Awareness (Cruse)
- Advanced Counselling Skills
- Eating Disorders and Self-harm
- Trauma and Recovery
- Working with Shame
- Fear and Anxiety
- Child Protection and Safeguarding
- Clinical work with children Induction training (Place2be)
- Working Creatively in the Counselling Room
- Family Coping and Survival Roles
- The impact of Substance Misuse on Children and Teenagers
- The Impact of Substance and Alcohol Misuse on Families and Carers
- Place2Be working with Teenagers
- Transference and Counter Transference
- Erotic Transference in Therapy
- Group Work
- Sandtray Work
- TA 101
- Self Harm with children and Teenagers
- Depression in Children
- Sex therapy
- Couples Counselling
- Couples Relationships Examined
- Anger management and group work
- Impact of Miscarriage
- Working with Children and Teenagers who are suicidal
As a dedicated and ethical professional and in line with BACP requirements, I ensure that I attend regular training courses and workshops in order to enhance my professional development and to keep abreast of new developments.
I have extensive experience of working with clients with a wide range of personal issues. These include inparticular depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, divorce and bereavement, drug and alcohol dependency, suicide, self harm, trauma and sexual abuse and rape. I also have experience of working with many other issues, some of which may not appear on the list below. If you are unsure, please call me and we can discuss your particular needs.
I have acquired intensive knowledge and experience working with Alcohol and Drug dependencies in counselling. I work in helping clients to remain abstinent or in maintenance. Also looking at their relationship around their dependency and patterns of behaviour past and present. Also the impact on family members.
I currently work with clients and young people who have a suicide plan, or ideation and risk of suicide.
Including Pre-Trial clients and victims of sexual abuse and rape.
I feel exceedingly passionate about my work with teenagers at a school and with young children and teenagers in private practice.
I gained invaluable experience with children, whilst working at The Priory.
I have also worked within the charity Cruse Bereavement and CRI, which is now known as CGL .
I have previously worked with Place2b with children and teenagers. I also do facilitation in psycho - educational groups. Along with my private practice.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pre and Post Menopause for women.
The impact on the change of the couples sexual and general relationship.
Dating again after the end of a relationship.
Not repeating patterns in the type of partners one may automatically be attracted too.
Please contact me regards fees.
Please contact me regards fees.
I do require 48 hours notice of cancellation. Any cancellation that is less than 48 hours are payable in full.
Please note * I will do home visits in the Eastbourne area within a 5 mile radius. Over 5 miles a fee will be charged.
I would be delighted to have the opportunity of supporting you along your path towards wellbeing and fulfilment, recognising that happiness is in the here and now.
My therapy rooms are comfortable and are all within close walking distance to various mainline and tube stations.
Do contact me to discuss your specific needs and how I can help.