Michelle Baldwin MSc, BSc. Therapy for both Individuals and Couples
I currently provide therapy and counselling solely within private practice.
Previously I worked for the charitable organisation Relate with both individuals and couples. I also spent 5 years working with the charity Mind and have a special interest in mental health and illness. I see clients for a variety of different reasons including anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma and relationship issues. 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.
In Richmond my practice is situated directly opposite the mainline station, in a light and comfortable office space. It is also easily accessible via bus.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over a number of years, I studied to achieve a recognised, 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.
I hold a Masters Degree (MSc) in Therapeutic Counselling, a Bachelors Degree (BSc) in Psychology and a Diploma in Relationship Counselling. My MSc was gained after three years of professionally accredited training and was based upon an Integrative approach to therapy.
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
Domestic Violence and Abuse
Sex, Gender and Sexual Diversity
Sex on the Brain
Systemic Approaches to Families
My Integrative training means that I draw upon a number of theoretical stances and deliver these differently dependent on your needs and what you hope to bring to, or achieve within therapy.
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.
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, safety and non-judgement, the hope is that you will be able to experience and move towards personal change, development and growth.
Depending on the need of 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.
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, Guilt, Identity Issues, Intimacy, Loneliness, Loss, Obsessions, Panic, Personality Disorders, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Separation, Social Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Shame, Stress, Transgenderism, 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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If you feel that your needs are not listed above, please still feel welcome to contact me. I shall be happy to discuss your situation and whether I may be able to help; or alternatively, a person/organisation that can.
My standard fees for assessment and sessions are:
£70 for individuals
£85 for couples
I do offer a limited number of concessions for those on a lower income. We will be able to discuss this possibility at our initial session together.
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 or cheque at the end of each weekly session or in advance, by bank transfer.
I am respectful of all difference and diversity including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and religious beliefs.
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 for an informal discussion with any questions or concerns you may have regarding counselling or your circumstance.
07913 404 322
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