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. However, we all need connection and support from others to help us on our way.
You may, for example, find it difficult to concentrate, understand certain moods, emotions and/or behaviours which are holding you back or affecting your ability to cope with everyday life. You may be struggling to come to terms with loss or find the words to express how you feel. 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, thinking and behavioural patterns; help you to understand yourself better; help you to approach habits more with curiosity than judgement and, when you feel ready, make changes which may be helpful for you both now and in the future.
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, compassionate, safe and confidential setting.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling - 2000
- Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - 2007
I have recently (2018-2019) undertaken a COSCA postgraduate certificate course in Relationship Counselling with Relationships Scotland and have recently embarked on training to become an Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (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 traumatically threatening and/or overwhelming events at their place of work.
I have over 18 years of mental health experience gained within the NHS, mainly in adult community mental health teams and I have extensive group work experience. I also work as a cognitive behavioural therapist providing assessment, formulation and personalised treatment plans, based on research and theory, for people with PTSD and other trauma presentations incurred as a result of a traffic accident, accident at work or other incident.
I have always been conscientious and passionate about learning in relation to my profession and I take my responsibilities to regularly update my knowledge and skills very seriously. It is both a humbling experience and immense privilege to enable others to move on with their lives. My motivation to learn is linked closely with my aim and strong desire to support my clients as best I can. I regularly attend training events, receive regular supervision and abide by the BACP Code of Ethics.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- feeling overwhelmed/underwhelmed
- feeling sad
- low mood
- sleep problems
- constantly feeling tired/exhausted
- engaging more frequently in less helpful behaviours (for example spending more time alone; drinking or eating more)
- relationship/work challenges
- trying to make sense of feelings/emotions and thoughts
- finding it difficult to concentrate
- struggling to find words to express how you feel
£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, face to face or via Skype/VSee platforms. Therapy requires courage and trust; it is therefore very important that you feel comfortable with me and that you feel confident that 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.