Michelle Akgul

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MBACP (Dip.) Trauma and Abuse Counsellor & psychotherapist
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Maidstone ME16 & West Malling ME19
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

A warm welcome :)  

I run a professional private practice in Kent.

I offer:

Longer- term weekly psychotherapy for trauma, abuse, ADHD, low-self esteem, low self-confidence, anxiety, depression, family issues, relationships issues, offering recovery both online and face-to-face for both men and women. (Monthly payment options available) 

Short-term counselling (weekly or fortnightly) for ADHD, Autism, depression and anxiety, low confidence, low self-esteem, relationship family issues, loss and bereavement issues and suicidal thoughts. 

Short-term counselling for young adults aged 12+ (and parent coaching options alongside if required) 

Please visit www.bright4life.com for more information about me and more genuine testimonials too. Search Google at “Bright4life” for five star rating reviews too. 

I have helped hundreds of clients heal from many issues such as childhood trauma (sexual abuse, neglect, physical and emotional abuse), domestic abuse, divorce, relationship, family, ADHD, crippling OCD, rape, stalking, phobias, eating disorders, psychosomatic issues (fibromyalgia, chronic fatique, IBS, joint issues, autoimmunity etc), anxiety and depression. 

Specialisms are:

Holistic and Somatic-led psychotherapy services (natural way of healing using sensory focus)

Deep empathic healing from all forms of childhood trauma (sexual, physical, emotional, neglect) 

ADHD identifications & manifestation and relationship issues. Finding coping strategies and strengths. Confidence-building. 

 OCD/Phobias and intrusive thoughts. ERP related therapy 

family and relationship issues

Faith-based integrated therapy for Muslims (same-faith) 

Culturally-sensitive awareness and training

Bereavement and loss therapy using attachment-based healing interventions

See my fees and reach out to discuss bespoke services. I do consider all cases. 

Thanks for reaching out. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist) in the UK. 

I have 4 years of intensive study with a qualified Diploma level 4 in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling. Currently qualifying towards accreditation with the BACP and certification in Trauma-informed practice with Evergreen Certifications.

I’m studying a level 5 (Higher national Diploma) in attachment-based (psychodynamic) theories and integration into clinical practice in 2024. 

I have over 2 years of extensive experience working as a Domestic Abuse Counsellor for Sateda UK based in Sittingbourne, Kent and extensive experience in all forms of domestic abuse recovery services and programmes. 

As a mature therapist, I offer not only my qualifications, but my extensive life experience having worked in many work sectors both UK and overseas (charity, financial, travel), prior to working as a therapist.

I am half German and half English but British born and bred. I am a mother of two boys (15, and 11) and they are mixed race children (Turkish/English). 

I work extensively with all backgrounds, cultures, races and religions, with extensive work experience with BAME 

I have run my own private practice since 2022, focusing on somatic and holistic healing from all forms of Trauma, abuse and loss and bereavement including childhood trauma.

I work with all adults and youth counselling and I offer a coaching service dedicated to parents of teenagers and those of Islamic faith to provide life coaching and support in a more practical way. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also specialise in Islamic counselling for those wishing to integrate their faith into therapy sessions as Muslims. 

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£45.00 - £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

£50-60 for individual sessions (online or face to face) 

You can pay a block of 4 prepaid in advance for £180 (equivalent of £45 per hour). See T&C’s for more info. For online only. Can upgrade of wanting a mix of online and face-to-face. 

10% concessions available only for those as carers, full benefits or on income lower than 20k per annum. Not available on block bookings. Proof will be required. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have flexi hours and fees available. Please ask if you have a specific requirement. Thank you 

Further information

I am currently qualifying towards accreditation as a Trauma Specialist through Evergreen Certifications (working with Pesi.com). I am currently pursuing continued professional development at level 5 higher national diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 

Maidstone, Kent, ME16

26 Kings Hill Avenue, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4UA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Disabled people are welcome both online and on site with wheelchair access and security and safety throughout in a clean and welcoming environment.

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