At times we can all experience life situations and events that can feel overwhelming. It may create feelings of anger, stress, being unable to cope with everyday situations, feelings of sadness, of being low, frustration or powerlessness. Sometimes it may be hard to find someone to talk to who will understand and appreciate what it is that you may be experiencing. It takes strength and courage to take the first step on the path to seek help in these situations. This is your first step in reaching out.
To introduce myself.
Hello, I'm Michele, a fully qualified Therapeutic Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This is a professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. I work within their Ethical Framework, ensuring that my clients receive the utmost care and safety within our therapeutic relationship. I hold a current Enhanced DBS certificate allowing me to work with both children and adults.
As a Person Centred Counsellor, I believe we all have an inborn ability and desire to grow towards fulfilling our true potential and that only we are the experts on our own lives.
The way I work reflects my own personal values, appreciating the importance of building trusting, genuine relationships through respectful understanding, enabling us to become more self aware, leading to greater confidence and empowerment. I aim to provide you with a safe space where you will feel received with care, compassion and understanding, and through which you can begin to unravel the daunting challenges you are facing. I am committed to supporting you to gain insight, understanding and expression of your situation, so that you can move forward in your life with greater fulfilment and clarity. The focus is on you the person inside, not just the issue or circumstance. I feel it is truly a privilege to be alongside courageous people who embark on this healing path.
Each counselling relationship is unique and I respect that individuals have their own way of expressing their thoughts, feelings and view points. I value and respect all of my clients welcoming all.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 – Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 – Counselling Skills
- CPCAB Level 1 – Counselling
- Place2Be Mental Health Champion Foundation
- HMGOV - Prevent
- ACE – Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma
- Swindon Borough Council/HMGOV - Child Protection
- IDAS - Independent Domestic Abuse Services
- Sexual Violence Awareness
- Domestic Abuse
- Understanding Sex Addicts Anonymous
Online Therapy Institute - Moving Your Practice Online
I have over 20 years experience working with and assisting children and young people with Social and Emotional issues, Speech and Language and Autistic Spectrum Disorders through working in primary schools in Swindon. This includes working in The Therapy Centre at Nyland School which is a specialist primary school for pupils with SEMH needs working therapeutically with children through play, art and talking therapy.
Working with teenage people I trained and became a Mentor at SMASH (Swindon Mentoring and Self Help) supporting young people, aged 13 -19, who are working to make positive changes to their lives.
I have worked for 2 years with adults at IPSUM (formally SWADS) a charity in Swindon, as a non profit, volunteer counsellor. My private practice is based in Devizes, working from the Autonomy Rooms in the market place .
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
- I offer an initial meeting of 30 minutes for £15. When we meet for the first time we assess your individual needs, talk about what you are wanting to achieve and see how it might feel to work together. Then, if you want to start counselling, we will make an appointment for your first session leading to regular weekly sessions.
- Adults and student - sessions are 50 minutes
- Children (under 11) - sessions are 40 minutes
- £45 Adults
- £35 Students
Payment is through bank transfer 24hours prior to appointment. Details will be included in my confirmation email.
Please phone or text to check availability.
If I am in session and unable to take your call please leave a message stating your name, phone number along with your requirements.
Following current Government Guidelines :
All rooms are aired and disinfected between clients.
Seats are distanced 2 meters apart.
Hand sanitizer is provided.