Michelle Harris MBACP, Counsellor and Psychotherapist (MSc)
Why have counselling?
If the last year has shown us anything, it is that life is certainly unpredictable and often a rollercoaster. Covid has also highlighted just how fragile life can be, our desires to connect with each other, and also that we want to live life to our best potential.
Most of the time we can draw upon resilience and manage what lives throw at us, but occasionally it can be too much and overwhelming and we need to reach out for some guidance.
Do you feel that talking to someone could help? I believe that counselling can provide you with a safe and confidential relationship whereby you are able to share and explore what's going on for you with a therapist trained to help make sense of the problem and to support you. This space allows for problems to be thought through, helping you to find insight and clarity.
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist, as well as Cancer Nurse Specialist and work with anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, illness, cancer, bereavement, relationship issues and all aspects of our lives. I work with young people and adults on a short term or long term basis, whatever your needs are. My training allows me to work with your individual needs, and so I do not work with any particular approach. I have a warm and down to earth approach that I believe can help.
I understand that making that first step towards asking for help can feel very daunting and difficult. If you feel that counselling could help you, please feel free to contact me by email or phone and we can discuss this more. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy - Roehampton University 2016
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Roehampton University 2014
Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills - Birkbeck College London 2012
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and all of my work is confidential and adheres to the BACP ethical framework.
Registered Nurse (RN) / Diploma in Adult Nursing - University College London Hospital 1996
Cancer Nursing Diploma - Royal Marsden Hospital / Manchester University 1999
I have over 20 years experience within the NHS with most of this being in the Cancer setting as a specialist nurse.
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
Concessions offered for
My current counselling fees are £60 for a 50 minute session
Some concessions apply, please ask for details
Monday to Thursday after 4.30pm
My practice is a 5-10 minute walk from both Kingston or Norbiton station. There is parking on the road via a parking meter.