Michele Carter-Buxton - Counsellor and Systemic Family Therapy Practitioner
I work with adults, young people and children from my peaceful garden studio.
Needing support from time to time is part of making us human. Making better sense of our thoughts and feelings in a secure and safe place can often help us to understand what is going on for us at any time.
I will aim to provide emotional support and facilitate emotional growth and healing. This can be an opportunity to talk openly and confidentially about your feelings that you may not ordinarily be able to do with friends and family. When feelings become bottled up especially, frustration, anger, grief, or fear, having someone to talk to gives you the opportunity to explore these thoughts and feelings through the counselling process aiming to make them easier to understand.
Relationship issues can also become a real struggle for many of us, and having someone to talk these through with can often help provide clarity and a re framing that helps better understand our ways of relating to one another.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Therapeutic Integrative Diploma in Counselling (MBACP)
- Post-qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Family Therapy Practitioner (Accredited by Association of Family Therapists)
- Currently in qualifying year of an MSc in training as a Family Therapist at Exeter University - completion 2021
- Award in Education and Training; Teaching Adult in the Lifelong Learning Sector
- Sand Tray Therapy
- Couples therapy
- Accredited to provide Positive Parenting (Triple P)
- Cruse bereavement trained.
- Alcohol Brief Interventions training.
- Understanding domestic abuse in teenage relationships.
- Rewind Trauma Therapy for PTSD.
- Regular practice of Mindfulness based cognitive therapy as I have a keen interest in working in the 'here and now' awareness to help clients with anxiety and stress.
Having trained first as an adult and young person’s counsellor I soon became very interested in family relationships and what happens between people. I am currently in my final qualifying 4 year course in Systemic Family Therapy at Exeter University. This has involved working in a CAMHS family clinic with families in crisis and as part of a team of family therapists. I have worked for over 2 years in both a Devon CAMHS and latterly in Wiltshire. As a Family Therapist Practitioner we think it’s important to hear each member’s perspective on the difficulty.
I can also use systemic understandings with individuals in order to better understand the relationships that you find important. In the end from my experience most families want to change unhelpful habitual patterns of interaction that are getting in the way of enjoying each other in more helpful interactions with each other. Family therapy can often assist by looking at multiple contexts and perspectives.
As an integrated counsellor with adults and young people, I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Sand Tray and psychodynamic approaches depending on how best you as a client would find useful. I also work creatively with a large white board in my garden studio where we can work visually to understand possible unhelpful interactions.
My experience includes:
Working as a school counsellor for 6 years in both secondary and primary schools.
Accredited Family Therapy Practitioner.
Adult counselling in Weston Super Mare where I worked with a varied client group.
Bereavement support through Cruse.
Complex Level 3 Family work for Somerset County Council in Children's Services.
Rewind therapy for PTSD - please enquire for more information.
I am qualified to run groups and have also facilitated Parenting Support Groups based on emotional and behavioural issues that parents may struggle with in the home.
Special Interest: Using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to help clients stay grounded in the present moment.
Strategies for parents that may understandably struggle with understanding children's development and emotions.
I also undertake ongoing professional and personal development and have regular supervision.
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
Helping to combat Anxiety and Stress through Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and counselling.
Positive Parenting Strategies.
Emotional and Behavioural Coaching with children and young people.
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Adults and young people
£50 per 50 minute to 1 hour session.
I am available both day time and evenings.
Fully DBS checked.
Member of the Association of Family Therapists.