Michelle Atterbury MBACP (Accred), FDAP
Free 50mins 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
- 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;
- mood swings
- eating disorders
- sleep disturbances
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 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,
- 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.
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, harmonisng 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:
- Motivational Therapy
- Solution Focused
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
Advanced Counselling skills Diploma
Alcohol and Drug Counselling Diploma
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
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free telephone/online consultations!
Consultation held at practice address (50mins) £55
Concessions held at practice address (Daytime only 9-4:30pm Wed, Fri) £60
Counselling sessions held at practice (Daytime 9-4:30pm Mon, Wed Fri ) £75
Counselling sessions held at practice (Evening 4:30-9pm Mon, Wed, Fri) £80.00
Online counselling 60
Concession Online £50
I can offer day/evening and Saturday sessions.
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