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MSc, BSc (Hons) | Individual & Relationship Therapist

About me

I currently provide individual and relationship therapy within private practice, of which I began in 2014.

I have a special interest in mental health and enduring mental illness, having worked for 5 years within the psychotherapy and counselling service for the charitable organisation, Mind.

I also spent a number of years working as a therapist for the relationship charity Relate, with both individuals and couples.

I see clients for a variety of different reasons including relationship and attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, disordered eating, bereavement and trauma.

My hope is that together, we can find new ways of looking at, understanding and challenging aspects of life; allowing you the opportunity for personal growth and significant change.

I practice in Weybridge from a comfortable, confidential space, situated a short walk from the High Street. Parking is freely available on site and in the surrounding area.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications
I hold a Masters Degree (MSc) in Therapeutic Counselling, a Bachelors Degree (BSc) in Psychology and a Diploma in Relationship Counselling.

Over a number of years, I studied to achieve a recognised, professionally accredited qualification within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), of which I am a Registered Member (MBACP). I use their ethical guidelines to govern and underpin the therapeutic work and relationships I develop with clients.

Further to my core training, I also attend Continued Professional Development (CPD) events, conferences, workshops and on-going training opportunities. Some of this training has included learning based upon:

Addiction and Attachment
Alcohol
Domestic Violence and Abuse
Eating Disorders
Families
Memory
Personality Disorders
Relationships
Self-Harm
Shame
Sexuality
Sex, Gender and Sexual Diversity
Sex on the Brain
Systemic Approaches to Families
Transgender Experience
Trauma

Training
My Integrative training allows me to draw upon a number of theoretical stances and to deliver these dependent on your personal needs.

My approach however, is first and foremost based upon a positive therapeutic relationship between myself and the clients I am working with. When the foundation of this relationship has been built upon trust and emotional safety, the hope is that the therapeutic experience will support you in personal growth and significant change.

During my MSc and subsequent training, my learning has been based upon a wide range of theories, understanding and application to client work. These schools of thought include: Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural, Existential and Systemic.

Depending on the individual or couple, I work within both brief or extended therapeutic frameworks. You may already have an idea of the number of sessions you wish to attend or hope to continue on an on-going basis. Either way, this can be discussed at our first meeting and reviewed regularly, throughout our time together.

Experience

I engage with a wide range of people, experience, concerns and problems. Within the diverse client base I work with, reasons or experiences having led clients to seek Counselling/Psychotherapy have included:

Anger, Anorexia, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bi-Polar, Binge-Eating, Bulimia, Childhood Abuse, Depression, Disordered Eating, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse, Fertility, Gender Identity, Guilt, Intimacy, Loneliness, Loss, Obsessions, Panic, Personality Disorders, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Separation, Social Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Shame, Stress, Trauma, Worry, Workplace Issues.

Having worked with the mental health organisation Mind for a number of years, I have extensive experience of working with clients who may experience on-going mental health difficulties.

My time within Relate was focussed on relationship issues, working with couples and continued specialist training.


Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

My standard fees for assessment and subsequent sessions are:

£75 for individuals
£90 for couples

Once arranged, counselling sessions are usually held on a once weekly basis, on the same day of the week at the same time. Each session will continue for 50 minutes.

Session fees are made payable by cash at the end of each weekly session or in advance, by bank transfer.

When I work

Weekdays and Evenings 

Further information

I understand that beginning counselling and meeting a therapist for the first time can be a daunting experience and you may be unsure as to how you feel and whether therapy is the right approach for you. If you do feel uncertain, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding counselling or your circumstance.

If you choose to contact me via the counselling directory, please add the below email address to your safe senders list to ensure you receive my response:

michelle@yourtherapy.org.uk

Nicholson House, 41 Thames Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8JG

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples