Michele Gibbons

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Doune, Stirling, FK16
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

                                 ** Evening availability only **

Life can be unpredictable and it can leave us feeling overwhelmed and lonely, especially when we are facing difficult circumstances on our own. 

Whether you are coming to terms with the shock of an unexpected life event, feel weighed down by a series of knock-backs over a lifetime, or you just feel anxious all the time, I aim to provide a safe, peaceful and non-judgemental space where, together, you can come to make more sense of your most difficult thoughts and feelings.  This increased self-awareness, can free you up from feeling stuck and help you to identify what changes you might want to make, to improve your overall sense of wellbeing.

As a psychodynamic counsellor, I will be be curious about your past - even your earliest childhood experiences as a way to explain you you might think, feel and relate the way you do, to yourself and other people in the present.  

Having worked in HR for over 20 years before retraining as a counsellor, I am especially interested in working with work-related stress such as work-life balance, burnout, family issues, difficult relationships at work and job loss through redundancy.  Other key interests include relationship/marriage difficulties or breakdown and bereavement/loss of all kinds. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Relations & Counselling from Robert Gordon University and Human Development Scotland.

I have over 25 years of professional experience supporting individuals through difficult life events such as long-term illness, bereavement, redundancy and work pressure.   My counselling experience includes working within third sector voluntary organisations, supporting individuals facing generall anxiety and depression, low confidence/self-esteem, family and individual relationship problems/breakdowns, work-related issues and bereavement/loss of all kinds.  

Alongside my own small private counselling practice, I am a Community Worker for two 3rd sector charites, one that offers compassionate support after baby loss and the other that supports victims of domestic abuse.  I am also part of the counselling team at Strathcarron Hospice, supporting individuals to work through complex and unresolved grief. 

Member organisations

BACP
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

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

When I work

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Further information

I like to work flexibly, giving clients the choice of working weekly or fortnightly, either online or in person and this can change over time, as you need.

Although I do offer outdoor therapy (walk and talk), for safeguarding reasons, I only offer this after 3-4 sessions indoors. 

I ENDEAVOUR TO REPLY TO ALL EMAIL ENQUIRIES WITHIN 24 HOURS SO IF YOU DO NOT HEAR FROM ME, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM 

Doune, Stirling, FK16

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

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

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Microsoft Teams
Whatsapp
Zoom
Michele Gibbons
Michele Gibbons