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(she/her), Reg. MBACP

About me

Hello, I’m Michele (she/her). I’m an Integrative therapist providing time-limited and open-ended counselling to individuals (16+) online and in-person from my therapy room in North London.

People come to therapy for a range of reasons. You might be struggling in your relationship(s) or having family issues. Perhaps you're feeling ready to process a trauma. You might be experiencing anxiety around a life transition and finding it difficult to cope with. Maybe you want to get to know yourself better. You may want to understand the why of how you act or feel, or maybe focus more on acceptance or letting go.

Using an affirming, intersectional, collaborative and non-judgemental approach, I will support you to explore and make sense of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and their impact. I will help you figure out how to move forward in a way that feels right for you, and leave you with the confidence and ability to make use of inner resources and external tools when therapy ends.

As an Integrative Therapist, I draw from a variety of theories and practical techniques depending on what resonates with you. I will always check in with you before trying a certain technique / approach, afterwards to reflect on how it was for you, and regularly over the course of therapy.

I am queer-friendly and affirming of non-binary, trans and GNC folks. I work from an anti-oppressive position and my practice is always consent-led, non-pathologising and trauma informed.

Training, qualifications & experience

I work with people on a variety of issues and welcome enquiries from everyone. Some of the areas I have a particular interest in include:

  • relationships (monogamous and non-monogamous; friends, family, partners and colleagues)
  • identity exploration (gender, sexuality, culture, heritage, neurodivergence, sense of self)
  • adult and childhood trauma (emotional neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, gaslighting)
  • life transitions (loss, parenthood, career change, health diagnoses)

I also have experience working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief, family dynamics, coping with stress and self-acceptance.

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 learning on working with bereavement and complex grief; supporting autistic clients; integrating creativity in the therapy room; and supporting survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

I am committed to my own personal and professional development and have 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)

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

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Refugees

Additional information

The initial consultation (40 minutes) is £50 and the ongoing sessions (50 minutes) are £60.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have space for new clients on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Further information

My practice is in North London, close to Holloway and Crouch End. It's between Archway and Finsbury Park stations so is well connected on the northern, piccadilly and victoria lines, and is a short distance from Crouch Hill and Upper Holloway overground stations. There is also a bus stop directly outside served by the 91 and 210 buses.

The best way to contact me is by email or the contact form on my website. I respond to every enquiry so if you haven't heard from me within 72 hours please check your spam folder. If you prefer to call and I don't answer, please leave me a message or send me a text if you'd like to me to call you back.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

The room is at the top of a flight of 20 stairs and there is unfortunately no lift access.

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