Michelle Atterbury

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MBACP (Accred), FDAP
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London EC1V & N1
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Free 30mins consultations by telephone/online

I support people to work through emotional distress, change unwanted behaviours and thoughts, learn to tolerate uncertainty and accept their relationship with self and others.

I offer private practice and online/ telephone support and specialise in

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Loneliness
  • Breakups/Betrayals
  • African and Caribbean counselling support

Close to Islington, City, Farringdon, Holborn and Hackney.

Have you or anyone you know been assaulted, had an accident, witness or been a victim of domestic violence/physical abuse, sexual abuse/violence?

Do you sometimes feel discouraged because you have feelings of shame, fear of being judged, others not believing you or it happened too long  ago for someone to help you now?

Women and men can both experience and suffer from trauma or PTSD either by experiencing it themselves or seeing someone else being threatened harmed or fatally hurt.

Trauma can come in different guises and can be difficult to address, identify and talk about. For example, people suffering from trauma may have concerns like;

  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • mood swings
  • addictions,
  • eating disorders
  • sleep disturbances
  • amnesia
  • promiscuity

This list is not exhaustive, and I can support you and help you to start working through how trauma is impacting you.

Are you going through a break-up, ending a significant relationship or having difficulty coming to terms with the fact that your relationship hasn't worked out?

Coping with this kind of issue can leave you with feelings of anger, betrayal, loss, resentment, thoughts of being let down, hurt, sadness and anxiety.

Everyone is different and for some it can take time to move on. However, the best way to get through is to be honest with how you are really feeling.

Talking to a counsellor can help you to move on, make decisions and accept. I work with individuals only, support you to express/reflect your feelings and thoughts about either to end or continue your relationship. I can offer you space and time to move on at your own pace.

Are you worried about your drinking? Are concerned about your use of drugs?

Alcohol and drugs like cocaine and cannabis for example, can sometimes appear to be a harmless way to relax, socialise and cope with unwanted thoughts and feelings. Unfortunately, using in this way can sometimes turn into a problem especially if physical and psychological dependency develops and you find yourself using alcohol or drugs to cope. 

I can help you with:

  • Support to control drinking,
  • Drug support,
  • Support to become abstinent,
  • Maintaining abstinence,
  • Counselling to family, partners and friends

Do you find your self thinking or saying to yourself; 'I feel lonely all the time', 'I don't have enough friendships in my life', 'I'm too shy.', 'People won't like me if they really got to know me.', 'I don't trust people', 'I'm depressed and angry about the things around me.'

Sometimes circumstances can make us lonely like; moving to a new country or city, loss of a loved one, working unsociable hours, loss of a job, lack of money, physical and mental health.

Being lonely and isolated can affect our self esteem, worth and confidence. I can support you to build confidence, find tolerance in uncertainty, find acceptance of you and develop interpersonal relationships.

Would you like to speak with someone who can acknowledge difference and similarities like race, culture and values?

As a counsellor it's important for me to acknowledge diversity. I can appreciate how difference, culture, race, gender, values and beliefs can play a part in in how we form relationships with ourselves and others. I have extensive experience offering BME support and working with clients with Caribbean, African, Asian, Mixed heritage and Irish heritage

What counselling do I use?

Most counsellors or psychotherapist will have trained in one or more approaches. I'm integrative and work from 5 models depending on your needs as follows

Person-Centred - focuses on your self worth and values, being valued as a person without being judged and can help you accept who you are and reconnect with yourself.

Behavioural/CBT- focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions, and teaches you how each one can have an affect on the other. CBT is useful for dealing with a number of issues, including depression, anxiety and phobias.

Psychotherapy- seeks to discover how unconscious thoughts affect current behaviour. Psychotherapy usually focuses on past experiences and attempts to form links on how the past maybe impacting on your present immediate problems.

Motivational Therapy - is a goal-oriented, to elicit behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve conflicting thoughts and feelings that might be preventing them from making desired changes.

Solution Focused-is just that, focused on building and finding solutions rather than problem-solving. It explores your current situation and future hopes rather than present problems and past causes.

Online/Telephone counselling

Online counselling is done over the internet by either writing emails or VOIP (Online Live counselling) through Skype. The online service can appeal to those who are seeking flexible therapeutic support to fit in and around work and home commitments.

Some clients have found online/telephone counselling supportive because it offers:

  • Low cost,
  • No need to visit or meet with counsellor at their premises,
  • Anonymity,
  • Alternative way to traditional counselling if you have difficulty talking to someone,
  • Support without a contract,
  • Flexible support and guidance,
  • Living abroad or on vacation.

Auricular Acupuncture

Interested in using an alternative method to help psychological or physical symptoms?

I was trained at the Yuan Traditional Medicine College and I'm qualified to practice 5 point(Yuan) and 7 point (Jing). This involves me inserting up to 5 small needles in each ear to minimise psychological and physical symptoms like;

anxiety, stress, depression, calming the mind, centring, insomnia, reducing blood pressure, harmonising the liver and much more...

You can choose to have auricular acupuncture combined with counselling or as a therapy on it's own.


If you are looking for a supervisor I can offer support to students or counsellors who are training or trained in the following:

  • Person-Centred
  • Behavioural
  • Motivational Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Psychodynamics
  • Addictions

I can offer supervision at my practice address and online. Please see supervision profile.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 14 years experience as a practicing counsellor/psychotherapist. I extensive working experience in the Mental Health and Alcohol/Drug voluntary Sector.


Person Centred counselling Diploma
Psychotherapy Diploma
Advanced Counselling skills Diploma
Alcohol and Drug Counselling Diploma
CBT Certificate
NVQ Health and Social Care Level 3
Counselling Supervision Diploma Level 6 (CPCAB)

Online Counselling level 3 (CPCAB)
Ear Acupuncture 5 point (Yuan) and 7point (Jing) certificate

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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


£70.00 - £80.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality

Additional information

Free telephone/online consultations!

Consultation held at practice address (50mins) £65

Counselling sessions held at practice/Online (Daytime 9-4:30 pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri ) £80/£70

Counselling sessions held at practice/Online (Evening 4:30-9 pm Mon, Tues, Wed) £80/70

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mon-Fri Day and evening slots from 8:00am to 9pm 

Further information

Unfortunately, I'm fully booked and unable to accept any new clients. If you will like me to add you to my waiting list, please feel free to contact me. I can offer day/evening sessions.

For more information, please check the website for more details

45 Central Street, London, EC1V 8AB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet
Microsoft Teams


In person

  I'm a qualified Supervisor and I have a Diploma in Counselling Supervision  If you are looking for a supervisor I can offer support to students or counsellors who are training or trained in the following: Person-Centred Behavioural Motivational Therapy Solution Focused Psychodynamics Addictions I can offer: •14 years of counselling practice working with an integrative approach with Person-Centred, Behavioural, Solution Focused, Motivational therapy and psychotherapy.

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Michelle Atterbury
Michelle Atterbury