Choosing the right counsellor for you is vitally important. For therapy to be effective you need to like and be able to trust your counsellor, who will begin the relationship as a stranger. I can offer you kindness and understanding, a place of refuge and calm, a space to share and be yourself, without judgement or criticism. I can provide you with a one off initial consultation in person or over the phone, so you can decide whether I am the right person for you.
My name is Michelle Baden, MBACP, Couns Prof Dips, and I am a qualified integrative counsellor based in Saltford, Bristol. I can offer you therapy sessions to give you the time and space to work through any issues you are experiencing, whatever that they be.
I offer a number of short and long term solutions to suit your needs, alongside my regular weekly talking therapy:
- Rewind therapy - A powerful 'reprogramming' technique to help reduce or remove: Anxiety, phobias, OCD, and traumatic flashbacks. This is a brief but highly effective therapy which only requires 1-3 sessions for which I charge £40 per hour.
- CBT - A short term (12 weeks or under) therapy helping you to change your problem thinking. I charge my usual counselling fee of £35 per hour
- Anxiety Reduction - If you have been suffering with anxiety or stress but the cause is cumulative or unclear; you may want to try this 5 session package to help reclaim your inner peace by working through relaxation techniques, life coaching, mindfulness and talking therapy. I offer this package for £150 for 5 weekly sessions.
- 'Cup of tea' sessions - If there's something you want to get off your chest, or you don't have the time or do not want the long term commitment of weekly therapy, then I offer 1-2 hour one-off session. 2 hourly sessions are charged at £60
Most appointments are held face to face in my counselling room in Saltford, however I do also offer telephone or online counselling
Previous to becoming a counsellor I worked in the business sector so I have direct experience of the difficulties of long hours and high stress environments, including the impact this can have on your relationships, family and self esteem.
If you are a new Mother or are suffering with post natal depression and childcare is difficult, I happily encourage bringing baby along to sessions with you. ave the time to take care of yourself.
I have a wealth of life experience and have been through my own problems in the past. This gives me a pragmatic, nurturing, positive and down to earth approach with my clients.
I am a mother and understand the hardships and vulnerabilities of the first few years, taking the time to look after yourself can make all the difference.
Here's what a few of my clients had to say about me:
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your time, support, patience etc, etc (too much to mention)...I wouldn't be where I am now without you
I just wanted to say thank you really for your support... It has been ridiculously hard but I already know that it has been worth it and I couldn't have got through it without you. Your caring, kind and non-judgemental personality is what makes you a fantastic counsellor... I'm now ready to move forward with the rest of my life - a stronger and more determined person
I have trained in a variety of ways and can tailor sessions to suit you, whether that be short term solution focused therapy, CBT, mindfulness or relaxation techniques, we can find a way to work for you. I am particularly experienced in working with people suffering from trauma; recent or historical, abuse; physical, sexual or mental, chronic/ long term / repeated episodes of depression and anxiety, post natal depression, relationship issues, work related stress, bereavement, and eating disorders.
Please give me a call or email to discuss further
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Diploma in Counselling
I worked as a counsellor for the NHS for a number of years in Bristol, working with clients with a huge range of issues
I am a member of the dissociation friendly therapists, and I have completed training courses for working with clients who have suffering severe trauma, Dissociation Identity Disorder (including all of its various forms) and PTSD
I am a fully trained Rewind Therapy counsellor, helping those with phobias, anxiety, PTSD, traumatic flashbacks and OCD. This is a short term, effective therapy for 're-programming' painful emotional memories. This treatment can sometimes be very short; 1-3 sessions for which I charge more - £50 per session. Please contact me for further details
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Daytime appointments available on Tuesday and Thursday. One evening appointment available. Other times maybe available, but please contact me for details.
I offer an initial consultation over the phone, for you to ask any questions you wish, and find out whether you would like to work with me
I work in Saltford, which is on the a4 between Bristol and Bath. It is easily accessed from Keynsham, Bitton, Kelston, Longwell Green, Warmley, Kingswood, Brislington, Corston, and Bath. There is plenty of free on street parking.