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About me

Hello, I’m Michele (she/her) a London-based, pluralistic therapist.

I know that starting therapy can be daunting. Our dialogue will be open and collaborative as we talk about where you want to be in your life and how we can work together to help you progress towards this. You might want immediate solutions or a more in-depth exploration of what’s going on for you, or perhaps a mix of the two. I'll make space to explore what helps you feel safe, and what I can do or not do that would help you feel able to engage with therapy fully.

Sometimes I work with specific issues like grief, anxiety, depression, abuse, difficult relationships, and identity exploration, and other times people come to me because something just doesn’t feel right. I’ll meet you where you’re at and provide a supportive space, whether you want to talk about a long-standing problem or a newer one, or that ‘not quite right’ feeling.

My approach

I draw from a variety of approaches and place strong emphasis on getting to know your preferences to find a way of working that resonates with you. I trust and value your lived experience and the understanding you make of it. My pluralistic approach recognises that different tools, interventions and ways of working will work for different clients at different times, including during the course of therapy.

I have a strong commitment to intersectionality and am a queer-friendly, trauma-informed practitioner. I strive to practice from an anti-oppressive position, in an identity-affirming way and actively understand that different identities and lived experience will shape how we experience the world.

Sessions currently take place by video or telephone and if desired, can move to in-person sessions when covid restrictions allow.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered Member of the BACP and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London. I have done further workshops on topics including:

  • Working with bereavement and complex grief
  • Supporting autistic clients
  • Creative therapies
  • Supporting survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Other experience

I’ve worked for over a decade in the charity and voluntary sector in various roles with children, young people and adults, and have particular experience working with refugees and asylum seekers of all ages. I therefore, have a distinct understanding of the difficulties and pressures involved in this work. I have also supported grassroots community and campaign groups with strategy development, understanding power dynamics in their groups, internal conflicts, wellbeing and burnout.

I am committed to my own personal and professional development and have also been in personal therapy at several points in my life, so understand both the benefits and challenges it can bring.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£55.00 per session

Additional information

The initial consultation (40 minutes) is £45 and the ongoing sessions (50 minutes) are £55.

I have a limited number of cheaper slots so please ask about the availability of these if this fee is unaffordable for you.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I currently have availability on Thursdays. If this is inconvenient for you, I'd be happy to put you on my waiting list should other times become available.

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Unspecified

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Michele Kirschstein (she/her), Reg. MBACP

Michele Kirschstein (she/her), Reg. MBACP