Michelle Hayes

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Beaminster, Dorset, DT8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Having previously worked for Relate, I specialise in couple and family relationships. However, I also work with individuals and with young people.

Topics and issues that I have worked with include adoption, parenting, commitment, suicide ideation, controlling behaviours, anxiety, infidelity, blended and separated family relationships, and many more.

I help you by listening without judgement, supporting your explorations of themes in your life. I may offer you other ways of looking at things to aid you in these explorations. My clients usually achieve a deepened understanding which they then use to make decisions about what they feel should happen next for them, and how.

As a member of the BACP I am bound by its ethical framework. Therefore you can trust me to work with you ethically. This includes maintaining confidentiality, and signposting you to other support if I feel that I do not have the necessary experience or expertise for your issue.

I offer a wide range of consulting opportunities - face-to-face, walk and talk, Zoom, and telephone.

When you make contact I usually arrange an initial chat, free of charge, so that we can both get a feel for whether I am the right counsellor for you.

The number of sessions needed by clients varies a great deal, but together we will review progress regularly.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Relationship Therapy 
  • Diploma in Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

I have a particular interest in supporting co-parents to communicate constructively post separation so that their children can thrive, and I deliver training on this issue.

I have also facilitated courses for perpetrators of domestic abuse who wish to change their behaviour.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

  • Individual and young person counselling - £40
  • Couples - £45
  • Family counselling - £50
  • Outdoor 'walk and talk' - £50

Prices shown are per therapeutic hour, i.e. 50 minutes

Further information

The best way to make initial contact with me is either via email, or via my website.

Beaminster, Dorset, DT8

Type of session

In person
Michelle Hayes
Michelle Hayes