Hi. My name is Michelle and I am a registered counsellor working with adults and young people aged 11 and over. I work face to face in Reading or online via video or telephone.
People seek counselling for many reasons. Perhaps you feel anxious and constantly worry about things; feel depressed, hopeless and disinterested in life, or maybe you have a specific issue you would like to work on but don't know where to start. Together we can explore and better understand what you would like to change in your life, giving you the opportunity to breathe, reflect and be heard.
As an experienced young person's therapist, I am passionate about building resilience and self-esteem, promoting confidence and emotional wellbeing. Adolescence can be a scary time with many changes both emotionally and physically. The opportunity to talk to someone outside of the family unit where they can be heard and valued in a confidential space, can help make sense of it all.
When working with children and young people, I often bring more creative methods into the therapy room. Children relate to the world in very different ways; through play, art and creativity, I help them explore their feelings and tell their unique stories.
If you’re an adult who loves to be creative, we can work with that too!
Life isn’t always plain sailing; having someone to talk to about your feelings without judgement can be invaluable in navigating the choppy waters.
You can contact me on 07447 214343. If I am unable to speak to you at that time, please leave a message on the confidential voicemail and I will return your call. Alternatively you can email me. I will get back to you within 24 hours so we can arrange a convenient time to chat.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications & Training:
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 in Counselling Theory
- CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling Skills
- Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT – University of Reading & Future Learn
- Introduction to Play Therapy - The Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy
- Moving Your Practice Online - Online Therapy Institute
- Safeguarding of Young People and Vulnerable Adults
In order to offer the best service possible to my clients, I am committed to continual professional development. Currently I am undertaking a Level 7 Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.
I have an enhanced DBS certificate for adults and children.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
As a member of the BACP, I adhere to its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and professional conduct and procedure.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 per session
I offer concessions for student. Please contact me for further information.
Deciding to try counselling can feel like a big step, but if you would like more information please drop me an email or give me a call.
I would usually suggest an initial session in which you can ask questions, explore how we might work together and most importantly get a feel for me as a counsellor.
I offer weekly 50 minute sessions and can work both short or long term, depending on your individual needs. I sometimes have fortnightly appointment slots available.
I look forward to working with you.