Michelle Blair-Myers Dip. Integrative Counselling, MBACP
Maidstone Community Centre
39-48 Marsham Street
Hello, my name is Michelle. I am a qualified integrative counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I believe in the healing power of a genuine, supportive and compassionate relationship. By creating a warm, supportive and non-judgemental environment, a safe space where we can develop a trusting relationship. We can explore your difficulties, develop a greater understanding of yourself, rediscover your strengths and identify the choices you have and make changes in order to lead to improved wellbeing and everyday life.
I specialise in working with individual adult clients and offer both long and short term counselling in a safe, warm, non-judgemental and confidential environment.
As an integrative counsellor, I work relationally and am guided by the humanistic approach which is person centred combining psychodynamic theory which explores childhood or past issues/experiences and cognitive therapy which looks at thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
People seek counselling for many reasons, for depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, bereavement or relationship issues but it may also be beneficial if you’re in search of greater awareness and understanding of yourself, your life and your relationships. Whatever your reason, the awareness and insight gained will in itself deepen your understanding of yourself and others. I believe counselling empowers you to make choices and enables you to make sense of the many confusing emotions that you may be feeling which can be sometimes overwhelming.
Counselling is an opportunity to change your lives. It can help you understand your problem, explore the issues that are interfering with your life and relationships and develop new perspectives and help you move onto a more satisfying life.
Counselling is a joint venture between two people, so it is important you find someone with whom you feel comfortable and safe. Our first session will be an assessment session, to discuss your requirements and decided together if counselling is right for you at this time and more importantly, if we both feel we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a certificate in counselling skills and a post-graduate diploma in integrative counselling (with distinction): Interpsyche, Dartford, part of the NHS and social care partnership.
Certificate in the awareness in bereavement care foundation course provided by the specialist national charity Cruse Bereavement care.
In addition to my private practise, I am a counsellor for Family Matters, a charitable organisation based in Gravesend, which specialises in childhood sexual abuse. I have specialised training and work experience with sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault.
I also work with the national mental health charity Mind, providing open-ended counselling to clients with a range of problems, including depression, anxiety, stress and relationship issues.
I have had over 30 years experience in the caring professions of nursing and midwifery.
I also have experience in cultural diversity having worked and lived in Bangladesh and Nepal.
My Training includes:
- TA101 Certificate - Introduction to Transactional Analysis
- Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Mindfulness Stress Reduction through Awareness
- Trauma: sexual abuse: Christiane Sanderson
- Trauma counsellors toolbox: exercises to aid recovery and healing from complex trauma: Christiane Sanderson
- Domestic abuse training
- Protection against stalking: look forward not behind
- BACP webcast: relationships - why do we bother?
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- C.A.T.T children’s accelerated trauma
- Workshop in play therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
The initial session charge is £25.00.
Subsequent sessions are £35 for 50 minutes.
Concessions available for trainee counsellors and those in financial need at £25.00.
All counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place weekly.
I offer an initial appointment where we can discuss the issues that you would like to work on and how counselling may help. This also is an opportunity for us to get a sense whether I am the right counsellor for you.
I am committed to providing a safe, ethical and confidential service and this includes a commitment to my continuing professional development; I embrace the aspect of continually working to develop myself, both personally and professionally. As part of this framework, I attend regular training to enhance my knowledge and skill base and have regular clinical supervision and currently taking a formal course on mindfulness.
I work under the ethical guidelines laid out by the BACP. I hold professional liability insurance and am a member of the BACP.
If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment please give me a call.
Please leave a message and I will come back to you as soon as I can.
I can also be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesday and Wednesday
Types of client