About me

You are brave and have identified that you need some support at this very turbulent time. When a crisis hits, a future that was once clear can become confusing and scary. COVID-19 on top of existing concerns might be proving too much to cope with. Life is now very complicated and can leave us with feelings of anxiety, stress and depression. These negative feelings make life overwhelming. Sometimes it is helpful to talk to a person that is not directly involved in order to gain clarity and insight. I am currently offering sessions in person in my newly built counselling room which is within the government guidelines. Alternatively, I offer zoom, FaceTime and on telephone counselling

My approach draws from different talking therapies so that I can specifically tailor the way I work with you and your concerns. I offer one to one Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling operating within the BACP Framework for good practice.

I provide a safe, secure and confidential setting where personal issues, problems, thoughts and feelings can be explored.  I will listen in a non-judgemental manner with empathy, understanding and acceptance, helping you to identify and explore whatever is troubling you.

I will work through a problem with you, in order to help you to find your best way of coping with any issues, thoughts or feelings that may be causing you concern. The counselling you receive may be short and goal focused, or open ended.

The initial meeting is to discuss your requirements. This will not commit you to further sessions unless you wish to proceed.  Sessions are usually weekly, lasting for 50 minutes.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully insured.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills
Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
Level 5 Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certificate

I have worked in a GP surgery for the NHS as well as private practice. Also, I work as a Weight Management Counsellor and train other counsellors. I regularly attend workshops to enhance my practice. I taught Level 2 counselling courses at a local Adult College.

Member organisations


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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees are on a sliding scale depending on circumstances. This will be between £50 to £60 and discussed prior to the initial session. Discounts available for frontline NHS workers, key workers and trainee counsellors.

Further information

My practice is situated within a tranquil and discreet location in Ramsden Bellhouse near Billericay. I have an additional practice at The Brentwood Clinic, 31 Shenfield Road, Brentwood (walking distance from the High Street) with free parking. Please call me on 07885 675407 if you wish to ask any questions or to make an initial appointment to discuss whether the type of counselling I offer is for you. Alternatively you can e-mail me at michelle.felstead@btinternet.com.

Ramsden Bellhouse

The Brentwood Clinic
31 Shenfield Road
CM15 8AG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults