Michelle is a qualified and very experienced counsellor. She feels passionate about what she does and believes that therapy can enable her clients to explore their issues in a safe and non judgemental environment, where they are listened to, heard and understood. She offers a warm, compassionate and collaborative experience of counselling.
Michelle has worked with couples and individual adults for over 25 years. She believes we all have times in our lives when we struggle to feel happy and satisfied for a whole range of reasons, and that with the right support, we can find a way to overcome these. She will work with you to help you understand and find your own answers to the problems facing you.
Michelle works with a whole range of presenting issues, anything that may be preventing you from enjoying your life and reaching your own goals and potential. She will use a range of ways to help you express your feelings and thoughts, and find solutions to your problems.
As well as being well trained as a counsellor and/or therapist, Michelle firmly believes that respect, warmth and an understanding relationship is at the heart of effective counselling and therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred and Existential Counselling - City University, London (a 3 year part-time FACETS Counsellor Training Programme) 1997
Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling Theory & Practice - Relate 1999
Certificate in Child Counselling using the arts, The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education, 2015
Michelle has over 25 years experience working as a counsellor in the voluntary sector. She is committed to updating her knowledge and skills through additional training, and so has attended numerous relevant short courses over the years.
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
£50 for individuals
£65 for couples
£65 for Psychosexual Therapy
Michelle offers a number of concessions for students or those on a lower income. She will be able to discuss this possibility at the initial assessment
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. Michelle is flexible where possible for those who work shifts etc.
Session fees are made payable by cash at the beginning of each weekly session or in advance, by bank transfer.
Michelle is currently undertaking further specialist training with Relate, in Psychosexual Therapy (The Relate Professional Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy which is a COSRT accredited course), She is a member of the British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, and abides by their codes and ethics. She is currently offering low cost Psychosexual Counselling to couples experiencing sexual difficulties such as: Vulva or pelvic pain/anxiety on penetration, genital-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (GPPP), erectile dysfunction, anorgasmia, delayed ejaculation, premature ejaculation, vaginismus, lack of desire
Michelle also offers counselling and psychotherapy to those who have a committed and practicing faith.