Michelle Finnegan MA; BSc; MBACP (Accred). PG Dip PCC; PG Cert CBT Therapy
I am a confident and competent therapist and work from a place of both curiosity and hope; I believe change can and does happen. I also trust that you have the means to deal with things in your own way and in your own time.
You may, for example, find it difficult to understand certain feelings and/or behaviours which are holding you back or affecting your ability to cope with everyday life. Or you may be aware that something just doesn’t feel right but cannot put your finger on what it is that is troubling you. As a therapist I can help you identify some of your more unhelpful emotional and behavioural patterns and, when you feel ready, make changes which may be helpful for you.
I never want to assume I know what is right or best for you and I am committed to working with you to create conditions where you don’t feel judged, but instead feel respected, enabled to speak more freely and really be heard.
Finally, for me what is most important is that I am working with you as a person and I will work alongside you in helping you explore ways of easing your distress in a caring, safe and confidential setting.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling - 2000
- Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - 2008
I have recently undertaken a postgraduate certificate in Couples Counselling with Relationship Scotland and I am soon to embark on training to become an EMDR practitioner (November 2019 - May 2020).
I am a Rapid Response Critical Incident clinician, which involves me in providing supportive crisis-focused intervention for both individuals and groups of people after traumatic threatening or overwhelming events.
I have 18 years experience gained within the NHS, mainly in adult community mental health teams and I also have extensive group work experience.
I have always been passionate about learning and I take my responsibilities to update my knowledge and skills very seriously. My motivation to learn is linked closely with my aim to support my clients as best I can. I regularly attend training events, receive regular supervision and abide by the BACP Code of Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- feeling overwhelmed/underwhelmed
- sleep problems
- constantly feeling tired/exhausted
- engaging more frequently in less helpful behaviours (for example spending more time alone; drinking or eating more)
- relationship challenges
- trying to make sense of feelings/emotions and thoughts
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£35 per counselling hour (50 minutes) for individual face to face to face, telephone or Skype contact. I am willing to consider a sliding scale depending on circumstances.
£45 per session for relationship counselling and again I am willing to consider a sliding scale depending on circumstances.
I am also willing to conduct a 15-20 minute initial consultation free of charge, which can be over the telephone, via Skype or face to face. It is very important that you feel comfortable and that you feel I am the right person to support you.
I would describe myself as an integrated counsellor, taking the strongest elements of more well established therapies and these approaches inform my work.
My special interests are relationship work, trauma (how it affects the body and the brain), loss and shame.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and some evenings; Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|