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About me

I believe in working within a relational way to help you process, recover, heal and grow. Deep empathy and a non-judgemental approach are at the heart of my practice. I will value working with you every step of the way. My approaches stem from my core values as a person; relational, person-centred and compassionate to help you explore yourself and your relationship with others. You may feel like the same problems and relationship patterns keep repeating themselves, despite your best efforts to move on with your life. You may not be quite able to define exactly what you are feeling, or your emotions might seem overwhelming, as if you cannot understand or control them. This often involves experiencing deep sadness, sorrow, anger, shame and guilt.

I am trained in a variety of therapies including Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and other approaches. I am also experienced in working with people who have experienced trauma (using trauma-focused CBT) and am a qualified Eye Movement Desensitisation Re-processing (EMDR therapist) working towards accreditation.  I also work with Flash Technique another EMDR intervention. This means I can work with you in ways that meet your needs and preferences.

I will work at a pace which suits you and for however long you need whether that be short term or open ended. I practice in a warm, relaxed and caring way, with my focus on you being in the driving seat to help you.

I receive supervision in CBT, integrative counselling and EMDR via accredited supervisors to maintain my registrations and ensure my practice is within the BACP ethical guidelines and to ensure your safety. I also regularly attend CPD study days to ensure my practice is evidence based and current.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • PhD Health Psychology: Motivational Interviewing in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. supervised by Professors John Gregory and Steve Rollnick (Cardiff University, College of Medicine)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Cardiff University)
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of South Wales)
  • Levels 1-4 EMDR training (EMDR Europe and UK Accredited EMDR Training)
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (London)
  • Certificate in Counselling (London)
  • MSc Health Psychology (University of Bath)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff UWIC)

Professional Registrations

  • Chartered Psychologist British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Registered Member BACP (MBACP)
  • Registered Nurse: Mental Health (current NMC registered)
  • Registered Nurse: Adult (current NMC registered)
  • Member of EMDR Association UK and Ireland

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • PTSD
  • Chronic depression
  • Chronic illness and pain

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

From £50.00 to £100.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

EMDR £90 per 90 minute session/ £75 per hour face to face (I offer a reduced fee if working online)

Trauma focused CBT £60 per 90 minute session

Counselling/psychotherapy £50 per session

Sliding scale on request depending on circumstances

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Currently working online or via telephone during the COVID-19 pandemic. I return to face to face 4/6/21. I work in my NHS role Mondays & Tuesdays.

Further information

I have a long-standing career in mental health spanning more than 30 years as a mental health nurse, chartered psychologist, researcher and academic in mental health and psychology.  I have also held my own independent practice in health psychology specialising in behaviour change. I have worked with people experiencing a wide range of issues over these years from mild to severe and enduring mental health difficulties and have used a variety of different helping approaches under supervision. I also work with the media to offer my expertise in different mental health areas related to research or clinical practice.  My published research as an academic has been in the areas of mental health, behaviour change and delivery of psychological interventions.

I work part time as an NHS practitioner and part time as a practitioner in private practice.  I am currently working online and via telephone. I return to working face to face on 4th August 2021 from my therapy office in Cardiff City Centre

Llantwit Major
Wales
CF61

Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF24

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Dr Michelle Huws-Thomas CPsychol, RN (Mental Health), MBACP, EMDR Therapist

Dr Michelle Huws-Thomas CPsychol, RN (Mental Health), MBACP, EMDR Therapist