Michelle Freeman M.A.S.C ( P.T.S.D) Dip.Adv Psych, MBACP reg, IAHT, IANLPC
NOTICE; Due to the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus - Covid-19, I will be now offering online counselling sessions via Zoom or Skype if preferred. I have experience of online counselling and can offer a god quality service in this way. This is a very anxious time for everyone. If you are anxious about the outbreak and feeling isolated. Or if you are worried about others, life changes and so on counselling can help. To make an online booking please email me for an appointment.
Hi, my name is Michelle. I am a professional Integrative Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist. I offer a safe and confidential space to allow you to talk about your problems and concerns. I work with Individuals, couples, families and groups . My premises are easily accessible and within walking distance of Lincoln city centre.
I am a PTSD practitioner and Psychotherapist and can offer short or long term therapy depending upon your needs. If you are suffering from symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, reliving memories, dissociation etc.... As a Hypnotherapist I can help with a variety of problems.
I work as a therapist at Lincoln Trauma centre as well as my own private work. I am very experienced working with Trauma and PTSD and my specialisms are helping survivors of sexual abuse and domestic abuse. I have also worked with Veterans and clients with other kinds of Trauma.
I can help with a range of issues including;
- Domestic abuse
- self esteem and confidence
- Relationship difficulties
- Childhood trauma.
- Work related problems
Counselling is about relationships: your relationships with friends, family, colleagues and yourself, and also your therapeutic relationship with your counsellor. I will work in partnership alongside you, supporting you to explore your difficulties and helping you to achieve your aims or goals.
Our counselling relationship will be non-judgemental, genuine, honest and open, which is also made safe by confidentiality. You will be listened to and respected. I will aim to understand your world as you experience it, see things from your perspective and work with you at a pace that is comfortable and safe for you. Through this shared journey comes understanding and insight, which I believe is the first step towards change or acceptance.
As an alternative to talking therapy, I can use creative exploration to meet the communication needs of each unique person.
If you feel counselling could be helpful for you, then the next step is to contact me for a consultation session.
This consultation is £20 and lasts around 60 minutes. It works as a two-way assessment, allowing you time to talk about your difficulties and what you would like to achieve from counselling, whilst also giving you chance to meet me and decide if you would like to continue working together.
There is no obligation to book any further sessions.
I believe the key to successful therapy is that client and counsellor are able to connect with each other. The relationship jointly developed between client and counsellor is at the heart of the counselling process and very important to the outcome of therapy therefore; I believe it is very important to find a counsellor with whom you feel comfortable and who you feel you can trust.
Following the consultation session, if you want to go ahead with counselling we will generally meet on a weekly basis for a 50 minute session. We can agree on a fixed number of sessions or have an open ended arrangement, subject to regular review.
Life is full of change, however we often ignore or attempt to resist change either consciously or unconsciously. It is no wonder, because change can often feel like loss, or a giving up of something. However, understanding change as a normal part of life, and embracing the challenges it brings will ultimately help us to grow and tap into inner resources we never thought we had. In this sense, change can be a positive thing in our lives..
Take the first step…
Whether you are just curious about your life and where it is going or want insight into your behaviour and relationships with others; have had to deal with a difficult issue like a sudden loss, trauma or bereavement; have been experiencing more stress or anxiety in your life than usual; have difficulty balancing the demands and pressures of work and life; or just want some focussed, expert help on life goals and your future path, then Counselling may be for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a qualified holistic therapist for 25 years.
I worked previously with adults, elderly and with alzheimers patients and am a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
I am a fully qualified therapist and hold an advanced diploma in therapeutic counselling. I am a Registered member of the BACP and follow their code of ethics.
- Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Advanced PTSD Practitioner
- Advanced Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy
- Advanced diploma Complementary Therapies
- Reflexology Practitioner
- Aromatherapy Practitioner
- Relaxation Therapies
- Mindfulness Practitioner
- Transactional analysis
- ASC Diploma Advanced Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Working with Children & young people
- assist suicide first aid
- Mental first aid
- education and training level 3
I have worked as a volunteer counsellor with homeless people, ex-offenders and with children & young people.
I still volunteer to date with these groups and find it very rewarding. Humbercare Ltd, Scunthorpe, CASY counselling for children & young people and Nomads.
Continued Professional Development/Training
Part of my membership of the BACP is to improve the service that I offer and to keep my skills up to date. I am very dedicated to my work as a counsellor and wish to develop myself and specialise.
I am currently studying courses in Clinical Hypnotherapy and mindfulness based CBT . I also attend courses in various subjects to help me to grow and enhance my counselling practice.
I attend supervision regularly to make sure that I am working ethically and safely at all times.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of £35.
My sessions are £50
Concessions are given student counsellors £30
I also give concessions to people who have evidence of benefits -negotiable
I offer guided relaxation and meditation sessions, if required to help to reduce stress or anxiety. Please ask for more details.
My offices are iin the centre of Lincoln and very accessible on foot, by bus or car. There is car parking available at city hall, beaumont fee.
I offer home visits for those who cannot get out. I cover Lincoln and the surrounding villages.
I offer online counselling via skype
i deliver a number of holistic workshops to promote positive mental health throughout Lincolnshire- Please ask for details