Michelle Brown Dip. Couns. MBACP
Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I hope it gives a flavour of my practice and how I work but please feel free to contact me or have a look at my website if you have any further questions.
I am a counsellor with counselling practices based in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge with a choice of day and evening appointments. I am also an Associate Counsellor for West Kent Mind.
I trained in Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Intercultural approaches but it seems to me that the relationship we build together will be a much more important factor in our counselling sessions than the theoretical model used. Feeling safe enough to get in touch with and to share your true feelings surrounding your problems can feel like putting down a heavy load and is often the single most important key to change. You can only hope to feel safe enough to do this in an empathic, non-judgmental environment and its this kind of environment that I strive to provide.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which means that as well as adhering to their code of ethics, I have had a high level of training with supervised clinical hours throughout and I am committed to developing my skills through on-going CPD. This combined with my very broad life and work experience and the diverse client base I have had the privilege to work with, puts me in a good position to understand your situation whilst offering a compassionate, therapeutic, supportive space for you to figure out a way forward.
I believe that collaboratively we will find a way of working that suits you and your needs fitting our approach to you rather than trying to fit you to an approach, after all you are unique with your own way of looking at the world.
If the past seems too painful to look at we can work in the "here and now" or perhaps someone bearing witness to your past and walking alongside you whilst you unravel what that has meant to your present is just what you need to heal; but you know, you don't have to have experienced any significant event to benefit from counselling, maybe you are experiencing depression, anxiety, a lack of focus or direction and there seems no defining reason for where you are at the moment, counselling can help with this too.
I've experienced being a counselling client myself and therefore know how rewarding and sometimes challenging counselling can be, but coming out of the other side with a new sense of identity, personal insight and focus can be incredibly empowering and can enable you to carry on growing with confidence in your decisions and choices.
Counselling can help with things like:
- Relationship Issues
and sometimes feelings such as anger, loneliness, worry and envy can be symptoms of these issues. Talking to a trained professional who has experience of many clients experiencing these things might help normalize what you are feeling. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone and we can all do with a little help from time to time.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I am an Associate Counsellor for West Kent Mind
As well as working privately, I work as a volunteer for Mind seeing a diverse range of adult clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse and low self-esteem.
I have worked for a Hospice offering Bereavement Counselling and also for Cruse.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
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I offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of £20. This gives us the opportunity to talk about your goals from therapy and for you to decide if you would like for us to work together.
On going sessions are charged at £40 for a 50 minute appointment.
Sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours noticed will be charged in full.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I appreciate that it can be difficult to take time out from work and family commitments and offer a number of evening and early morning appointments. Please contact me for availability.
Types of client