Michelle Hughes MBACP Accredited,UKRCP reg
My name is Michelle and I am an Integrative Counsellor, working with a variety of Counselling styles. Counselling is about a relationship, one which develops between two people and is unlike any other relationship. I, as the Counsellor am here for you, to listen and provide a safe space to explore issues that may have been causing you sadness, uncertainty or other concerns.
I am also trained as a couple counsellor. My aim is to help couples work on their relationship: no blaming, no arguing to help move the relationship forward. Sometimes separation or divorce are the options a couple want to take,however this does not mean the relationship will end, especially if there are children involved. Through counselling the couple can work on a respectful and healthy ending, moving forward in a positive way.
I am non-judgemental, empathic and available to accompany you on your journey of self awareness. Sometimes people get lost and need support and guidance in helping them find their path again. To begin on this journey takes courage and I shall be there supporting you all the way. Whether its relationship issues, depression, anxiety or any other forms of hardship, maybe coming from life circumstances or deeper rooted issues such as abuse, abandonment, loss, sexuality, relationships to name just a few..
I offer both long term or short term Counselling.
Short term Counselling
With short term work I may use more solution focus work, or motivational intervention: Helping the client to achieve their desired therapeutic outcome. I am very experienced in working with a 6 session model, and have proven outcomes.
I work with referrals from Employment Assisted programs, offering 6 to 8 sessions. I offer support to employees to help identify and resolve personal concerns that may affect their work performance. These issues might include health, marital, family, financial, alcohol, drug, legal, emotional, stress, or other personal issues.
I work with referrals from GP surgery’s offering a 6 session model helping people who are experiencing common difficulties such as: Low mood, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Panic, Anger, Phobias, Trauma, Bereavement, Loss, Relationship difficulties and Family problems.
To help relieve and prevent suffering caused by mental or physical ill-health, emotional distress or social and economic circumstances among all ages. My aim is to provide a safe and comfortable environment to support my clients and to create a space where we can work together to achieve their full potential.
I can offer day-time,weekend and evening appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training: Motivational Therapeutic Interventions (2009)
- To explore Motivational Interviewing Techniques
- To Practice Motivational Interviewing Strategies
- Basic Principles of CBT
- To examine Brief Solution Therapy
Choices Training: Dealing with the effects of childhood sexual abuse (2011)
The Journey from Hurt to Healing: Survivors of childhood sexual abuse (1 2 1 or group therapy) (2011)
Institute of Transactional Analysis: Qualification of Introductory TA101 date: 07/07/2012
Couples Counselling Diploma: recognised by Couples counselling network. date. 21/06/14
Ongoing regular Continued Professional Development
Qualifications: Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling (2009)
Counselling Level 1,2,3 (2006)
As an Integrative Counsellor my training is Psychodynamic Counselling, Person-Centred Counselling and Existential Counselling and throughout my practice I have integrated other theological standpoints. I work in this way as it enables me to work with different types of people: Adults and young people Also I work in different settings, such as schools, G.P surgeries and Nursing homes.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
One to One Counselling 50 minutes per session = £45.00
Couples Counselling: 1 hour session = £60.00
Telephone Counselling 50 minutes per session = £45.00
I accept cash or cheques. For longer term clients it is possible to set up bank transfers or payment by Pay Pal.
Discounted rates for students and low income families.
All Therapy sessions will be conducted in confidence and this confidentiality will be maintained, and applied to any and all records, except in the following instances when it may be necessary to share relevant information:
- If you give consent in writing for the confidence to be broken.
- Any child protection issues
- If you are believed to be a danger to yourself or others.
- If the therapist is compelled by a court of law, or if it's believed to be in the public's interest.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime/ Evenings and Saturday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|