What i specialise in
I specialise in trauma, generalised anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement, sexual abuse, panic attacks, low-self esteem, stress, existential crisis, life transitions, loneliness, sex and relationships, feelings of dissociation, familial conflicts, SEN and personality disorders.
As well as working with a wide range of age groups i have extensively worked with young adults in various educational settings such as schools and universities. I have extensive experience working with young people with special educational needs. I am currently part of the counselling team at Roehampton University.
How i work with clients
I work relationally with each client, getting to know my client's unique story to better understand what is going on for them and their aims in therapy. I feel the most important thing is for each client to feel safe and grounded with me.
I adapt my practise to each individual's needs and can provide strategies with dealing with intense and uncontrollable emotions through incorporating techniques like (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural therapy grounding exercises and (DBT) Dialetical Behavioural Therapy aimed at helping with distress tolerance and interpersonal relationships whether it be romantic, work related or familial.
I'm also able to work through a short term solution focused modality (6-12 sessions) or a more long term holistic practise.
I also have experience working with extreme anxiety, trauma, PTSD and abuse which may have led to feelings of dissociation when you're feeling dissociated from yourself and surroundings. I can help clients through integrating body work, such as breathing and relaxation techniques alongside talking therapy. With a keen interest in the field of neuropsychology and prescribed medication I have also worked with prescribers such as GP's and Psychiatrists to help clients get the most out of counselling whilst taking medication. I hope to help clients take control back of their bodies in order to soothe the mind.
If you would like face-to-face sessions I will be seeing clients at in a comfortable and confidential space in Ealing Broadway, London W5 or at my home in Northampton, Collingtree park golf course, set in a relaxing green space. Both my practices are cozy and ambient. I am practicing within the COVID-19 guidelines, keeping the space clean and safe for clients. If you choose to see me online. I have been trained to conduct these sessions ethically.
I am the co-founder of The Kapok Therapy Clinic. Within my practice, I offer online, face-to-face, short-term and long-term therapy and I have had extensive training in all four of those areas. To gain more information you can visit www.kapoktherapy.com.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an adult-trained therapist and completed my BACP Accredited qualification in Integrative Counselling in London. Michelle is continuing her CPD training.
- AdvDip at CPPD in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
PgD at CPPD in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
PGCert in Psychotherapy & Counselling at The Minster Centre
- BSc Psychology at The University of Surrey
My current working experience
I am currently working with the Counselling team at Roehampton University. I have worked in therapeutic services both in educational settings such as in colleges, Universities. My clients have been referred by the NHS, the council, charities and private referrals. I have extensive experience working with a short term (a minimum of 6 sessions) and long-term (open-ended) therapy with people from different backgrounds, ages and ethnicities.
Through my work i have experience working with PTSD, anger, dissociative disorders, suicidal thoughts, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, sexual abuse, General anxiety disorder and depression, self harm, substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, anger, bereavement, borderline personality disorders, EUPD, exam stress, loneliness, sexual orientation and other related issues.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £55.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£65 per 1x 50 minute session-London
£55 per 1x 50 minute session-Northampton
A reduction in £5 for sessions conducted purely online (London)
A reduction of £5 for young adults 24 years and under in London (London Weighting).