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.
Michelle also provides Psychosexual Counselling to couples and individuals 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 etc. She is registered with the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, and abides by their codes and ethics.
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 Professional Certificate in Person Centred and Existential Counselling (BACP Accredited) - City University, London 1997
Professional Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling Theory & Practice - Relate 1999
Professional Certificate in Child Counselling using the arts, The Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education, 2015
Relate Professional Certificate in Psychosexual Therapy (COSRT accredited) - Relate 2021
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)
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
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
From £50.00 to £65.00
£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 in advance of each weekly session by bank transfer.
When I work
Monday, Tuesday: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.00am - 8.30pm
Saturday: 2pm - 4pm
Michelle also offers counselling and psychotherapy to those who have a committed and practicing faith.