About me

My name is Michelle. I am an experienced counsellor offering short- and long-term therapy in the Southend area. I like to create an honest, open, caring therapeutic environment where your voice will be heard.

Integrative counselling means that I will draw from a variety of different therapeutic techniques to create an environment that is right for you. The main reason people come to therapy is that they want to be heard and understood. Often, people can feel they have no right to express themselves and their voice is silenced. I want to hear your voice.

When you come and see me, you will be in a room with someone you can trust. I am not here to teach you. I want you to teach yourself. I want you to nurture yourself. I’m not here to give you power. I’m here to help you find your own power and use it. I value independence, freedom, integrity, honesty, transparency, kindness, warmth, power and love.

I won’t patronise you or be disrespectful.

I won’t judge you or offer platitudes.

I will challenge you. Will you challenge yourself?

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified and experienced Integrative Counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I offer both short- and long-term counselling.

I work with a broad range of complex issues including trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, and self-harm.

I have spent over two years offering face-to-face and telephone counselling, supporting people affected by the deaths of siblings and parents, traumatic bereavements, and unexpected deaths.

I have experience in menopause, and the complexities of the menstrual cycle, disassociation and depression. I understand the mind and body of a woman. I understand its connections.

I have also worked with adolescents struggling with systemic family issues, exam pressure, inability to connect with the world, issues with their sexuality, long-term illness and suicidal ideation.

I understand life and all its complications. I’ve been married and divorced. I’ve grieved the death of those closest to me and celebrated the arrival of new life. I’ve been fiercely independent and I’ve been disempowered. I’ve got things right and I’ve got things wrong. I didn’t learn these issues from a book, I felt them and lived them. This is what makes me the therapist I am today.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Walk and Talk Therapy

Fees

Additional information

My fee for individual counselling is £50 for a 50-minute session.

Hadleigh
Benfleet
Essex
SS7

Type of session

In person
Michelle Dunn

Michelle Dunn