Michelle Blair-Myers Dip. Integrative Counselling, MBACP
My therapeutic philosophy centres around the importance of the therapeutic relationship. I work relationally, believing that the healing power of our relationship provides a secure base that encourages self-exploration, insight and positive change.
My aim is to develop a warm, open, non-judgemental and trusting relationship with you. To support you in building up your own strengths and inner resources. Providing you with a space for you to be heard, have a voice and gain perspective on your life.
Within my private practice, I work with a variety of problems, ranging from depression and anxiety and their related issues. You may be in search of greater awareness and understanding of yourself, your life and your relationships. 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.
As an integrative counsellor, I am guided by the humanistic approach, which incorporates looking at how the past influences our present feelings and behaviours, whilst also working on a cognitive level to explore practical ways of dealing with anxiety and depression. My approach is sensitive to your needs and I will do my best to help you feel comfortable and safe to explore your problems in a warm and confidential environment.
Initially I will offer an assessment. I recommend following our initial telephone conversation, an assessment session is booked where we can sit to discuss what has brought you to therapy at this time and what your goals might be. This is also an opportunity for us to get a sense whether we can work together?
I offer short and long-term therapy, depending on the presenting issues and your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I hold a Certificate in Counselling Skills and a post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (with distinction).
In addition to my private practice, I am a counsellor working with the charity Mind.
I have also worked as a counsellor with Family Matters, an organisation specialising in providing support for childhood/adult sexual abuse and sexual violence.
I have over 30 years experience working in the healthcare profession within the NHS.
I also have experience in cultural diversity having worked and lived in Bangladesh and Nepal.
My Training includes:
Certificate in working with Couples
Emotion Focused Therapy Level 1
Certificate in Bereavement Care Foundation Course: Cruse
Mindfulness Meditation; stress reduction through awareness
Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Transactional Analysis (TA101)
Certificate in Mental Health First Aid Youth Lite
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training
Sexual Abuse workshops: recovery and healing from complex trauma
Domestic Abuse training
Protection against stalking: look forward not behind
Drug and Alcohol misuse.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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My fees are £45.00 per session. I am able to offer concessionary rates for those suffering financial hardship and for student counsellors in training.
All counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and usually take place weekly.
My practice is situated in Marsham Street, in the centre of Maidstone. It is close to the bus station and a short walk from the train station. There are also plenty of car parks nearby.
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 would like more information or would like to book an assessment, email or call me. If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I am able to.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
- I offer both day and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|