Michelle Lawrence MBACP (Accredited)
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. Deciding to start counselling is a very personal journey of self-discovery. You may have started to think about counselling due to recent events that have occurred in your life, or been drawn to accessing emotional and psychological support due to ongoing or past events or traumas. You may be looking to gain a better understanding of yourself and making sense of your life experience. Whatever the reason, you are here now, and at this present stage in your life.
Whether you have experienced counselling before or not, this can be an apprehensive time as you are looking to embark on a new life path, journeying into the unknown to discover more about yourself and your life experience. You may have had a positive or negative experience of counselling in the past or have preconceptions of what you feel counselling will expect or require of you. Whatever apprehensions or concerns you may have are perfectly natural and completely understandable.
My Way of Working
I am a Humanistic Counsellor/Psychotherapist and work from the Person-Centred Approach. This approach means that my way of working as a Counsellor and my genuine inner belief, is that the client is the expert on themselves. It is my role to support and work with you, so that you are able to gain self-awareness and self-understanding regarding your life experience.
The therapeutic relationship is a collaboration of client and counsellor working together to help the client make sense their life, past and present. There is no expectation on you, the client. This is your journey, but you are not alone as I will be accompanying you whilst you learn more about yourself. This will be at your own pace and however far you decide to travel.
Occasionally, there may be times that I gently challenge some of your inner beliefs or self-perception. This is only to further your inner knowledge and enable you to see yourself from other perspectives and not just your own. This is still done with care and support. There is no confrontation or expectation for you to change your outlook. It is just a way of opening your thoughts to other possibilities and other points of view.
Private Practice Location
My private practice is currently located in Newark.
Transport and Accessibility
Newark is a thriving town with excellent public transport. The premises I practice from can be easily reached via this method. There is also adequate nearby parking to the premises. This requires a fee, which is of a very reasonable rate.
My private practice rooms are located on the first floor and ground floor, making them easily accessible for clients with restricted mobility, including needing wheelchair access, etc.
Reasons for Seeking Support
There are many events that can impact our lives emotionally, physically and psychologically, whether through work or our personal lives, upbringing and culture. We can find ourselves unable to cope due to Bereavement, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Family Breakdown, to name but a few. These can lead to depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, alcohol/drug misuse and self-esteem issues which can affect our quality of life in so many ways. The list is endless of how life can have a negative impact and how we react or try to cope with this. Counselling can help make sense of our reactions and alleviate the emotional and physical stress associated with our life experience.
The Therapeutic Space
The therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is formed through the creation of a therapeutic environment. As a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, my role is to create a genuinely empathic and non-judgemental space for you the client. The therapeutic space then helps the client to feel safe to explore their inner most thoughts and feelings without feeling judged or criticised. This all takes place in the counselling room and this is where the journey begins.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a Counsellor/Psychotherapist since 2012. I have previously worked as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in a Secondary School with children from the age of 11 years upwards. At present, as well as my own private practice, I also work as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in the Voluntary Sector with male and female survivors of Trauma and Sexual Abuse.
I studied at the University of Nottingham and have a BA First Class (Hons) Degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have regular Clinical Supervision and work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework.
I continue to seek out and complete further training (CPD) to update and enhance my skills and knowledge on a regular basis.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling Hourly Session Rate - £40.00
Couple Counselling Hourly Session Rate - £60.00
Concessional Hourly Session Rate for Student Counsellors - £35.00
I work with male and female clients on a short term or long term basis from the age of 18 years upwards.
EAP work considered and Telephone Counselling.