Michelle Araujo

Michelle Araujo

100 Heath Road
Twickenham
TW1 4BW

Old Paradise Yard
20
Carlisle Lane
London
SE1 7LG

07746 865 097

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About me

Am I the right therapist for you? Could therapy help you to navigate through the foggy uncertainties, distressing anxieties and ongoing difficulties in turbulent times?

These are the questions you may be asking when you consider having counselling. Yes, therapy can be a life changing process, but only when you feel comfortable and trust that the person sitting in front of you is genuinely there for you and with you. I hope I can be that person.

Working with me would be like revisiting the book of your life. As your story unfolds, in due course you will choose which chapters you want us to address. There will be happy parts where you look back fondly and sad parts too, but tears are also welcomed in our space. Naturally, the past can't be changed, but there may be growth, experience and lessons to be gained. I respect you as the author of your narrative; only you are entitled to change the script.

I don't aim to cure you or to give you the solutions. What I offer is a collaborative relationship based on empathy, integrity and unconditional respect for who you are, where you are truly heard and allowed the time and space to reflect, reaching your own conclusions and making your own decisions on matters that are important to you.

Sessions can also be offered in Portuguese.

I am a humanistic existential-therapist; this means I will integrate elements of the humanistic and existential approaches in my work with you.

Humanistic counselling aims to give client a better understanding of who they are by exploring feelings and actions. We can reflect on whether current attitudes, thoughts and behaviours are a result of previous conditioning or distorted views about one’s sense of worth.

Existential therapy has a very philosophical perspective. It views life as a blank screen allowing the client to give his own meaning and purpose to people, places and events. As an individual you have the ultimate freedom and the ultimate responsibility towards your life.

I tend to center more on the Here and Now. I see the past as a valuable tool to gain insight on current circumstances but not necessarily as a deterrent to an individual’s life. The realization that you don’t have to be defined by your history and that you can determine what is important to you today can be truly freeing.

Please see below a few examples of issues I work with:

Addiction
Substance Abuse
Bereavement
Co-dependency
Coping Skills
Depression & Anxiety
Divorce
Domestic Abuse
Life transitions
Family Conflict
Relationship Issues
Self Esteem & Confidence
Stress
Women's Issues

Training, qualifications & experience

In 2014 I obtained my first Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the Richmond Adult Community College and in 2015 I gained a BSc in Reflective Therapeutic Practice at the Metanoia Institute in London. The course is also validated by Middlesex University.

As a registered member of the BACP, I fully abide by their ethics code. That includes attending regular supervision with another professional to continuously monitor and improve the quality of my work.

Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked for over 12 years as a support worker for various organizations and charities across the country. I had the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with a diverse client group including male offenders, survivors of domestic abuse, addiction and substance misuse and within the mental health sector. My previous career in the social care field reinforced the respect and appreciation I have for other people’s experiences. I’ve learned 2 very important lessons:

1 – Beyond any label lies a human being who has the right to be heard.

2 – No one is completely good nor completely bad.

Still a work in progress, I remain proactive in attending seminars and specialist training to refresh my skills and improve the quality of my work.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Assessment: Free

Sessions: £50 per 1h session

Concession: £40 per session for students and people on low income

Further information

I also see clients at Old Paradise Yard in Waterloo on Saturday mornings. For more information please contact me.

Maps & Directions

Twickenham, TW1 4BW
London, SE1 7LG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Portuguese

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Availability

Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 6pm at the Twickenham Counselling and Therapy Centre

Saturday from 9am to 4pm at Old Paradise Yard

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations