Michelle Girdler Counsellor and Supervisor. Registered MBACP
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)and adhere to their Ethical Framework.
I provide a confidential therapeutic environment where you will feel safely supported to explore issues that may be of concern to you. These may be specific concerns - bereavement, relationship difficulties, addiction, difficulties at work or in your social life. Or you may feel depressed, stressed, anxious or a have general dissatisfaction with life that you may wish to understand in more depth.
I firmly believe in the importance of building a strong therapeutic relationship, in trust and honesty and that having the opportunity to talk to an individual not personally involved in your situation can help you to see things more clearly and support you to find ways to make different choices.
I am also a qualified supervisor and offer clinical supervision for counsellors and counsellors in training.
* I am offering reduced rate online or telephone sessions as a means of support during the challenging times we are currently facing with the covid19 virus.*
Training, qualifications & experience
My main qualifications in counselling are:
- Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Therapeutic Counselling.
- BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
- Certificate in Mindfulness CBT from Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
I keep my knowledge up to date by regularly attending Continuing Professional Development workshops, courses, conferences covering specialist counselling subjects. I also attend regular supervision.
I have worked as a professional counsellor for 16 years counselling young people over the age of 14, adults and adults with learning disability, autism, Asperger's.
I have worked in a Youth Counselling Service, an agency supporting people with addictions, secondary schools and two Further Education Colleges.
I have also run my own private practice for the past six years.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I would suggest that sessions take place on a weekly basis at the same time and on the same day. I charge £45 for a 50 minute counselling session.
I do have some concessionary places available.
Supervision sessions are also 50 minutes in duration for which I charge £45
For the first session I offer a half an hour 'assessment session' free of charge. This is to give you an opportunity to meet me and decide whether I am the right person for you to work with. It also give us both the opportunity to discuss what you are looking for from counselling.