Michelle Bennett, Holistic Counsellor, Adults and Young People
If you are reading this then you are probably feeling like you need some support and have taken the first step in seeking help which can be difficult when you are struggling.
My hope is to make counselling less daunting and more accessible to all in a relaxed, calm and welcoming environment. I take an unassuming, real and empathic approach. Building a therapeutic relationship with you is at the centre of all that I do. It is important that you feel safe enough to be able to talk about the topics that might be difficult for you to bring up.
I am a fully qualified counsellor (Adv.Dip MSc BA hons), and trained on an accredited course by the NCS (The National Counselling Society). I am an integrative counsellor, meaning that I draw from a variety of different approaches creating a holistic perspective and allowing me to support clients experiencing a wide range of different issues.
My service: I provide affordable counselling and I also have some spaces for concessions on request. I offer a free initial consultation either by phone or in person. This allows us to start building a relationship before we fully embark on the counselling journey.
This consultation is absolutely non-committal with no pressure to continue if you don’t feel that it is right. It is important that you find the right therapist for you and are comfortable with your choice.
I work with a diverse range of clients and I also specialise in working young people as well as having knowledge and understanding in the area of adoption.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), meaning I practice under their code of ethics and work in a transparent way.
The way I work: In my experience the most important aspect of working with clients is the therapeutic relationship that we build together. I believe this is what helps the client to feel safe, supported and heard in order for them to address the deeper reasons of what led them to come into therapy. I pride myself in being approachable, warm, open and able to build relationships with clients even under the most difficult of circumstances.
I work in a person-centred way and therefore we will work together to gain insight and awareness into your own life. I will offer professional and skilled support in order to address the issues that come up but also to support you to look deeper and work on aspects that perhaps might not be so obvious. Therapy can support you to look at your own patterns, dynamics in relationships, unresolved trauma and internal conflict.
I believe therapy can support you to gain a greater awareness, allowing you to make positive lifelong changes and live a happy and healthy life. I believe in giving clients that I work with hope for the future and supporting them to believe in themselves and gain control over their feelings and life.
Training, qualifications & experience
My background is working in early years education and children and families social care. As well as my counselling qualification I also have a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and an MSc in Social Work. I have a wealth of practical experience over my professional career of supporting children and adults from a range of backgrounds with different presenting issues.
My most recent experience has been working for a well-known charity delivering a therapeutic service to support children, young people and their carers experiencing trauma as a result of being sexually abused. Over the years I have worked with clients who have experienced childhood abuse, trauma, loss, and family breakdown. I have been humbled by the bravery and courage shown by the children and young people I have worked with and this is what inspired me to become a counsellor.
I decided to set up my own practice as I am passionate about the work that I do and wanted to have the flexibility to be able to offer a service that could meet each client’s individual needs and make counselling accessible to as many people as possible.
I have regular supervision to support me in my work, to help develop and reflect on my practice. I am also committed to my continuing professional development.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Adult individual session - £40 per hour
Young people session - £40 per hour
I am flexible and can offer both day and evening sessions. My usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which includes two evenings a week.