Michelle Martin MA, MBACP, PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy
There are many reasons you might feel counselling can help. You may be feeling sad, depressed, anxious or overwhelmed, going through a difficult transition or feeling lost and trying to make sense of chaos, loss or trauma. I will work alongside you to explore and make sense of what is happening for you and work towards where you want to be.
I work with gentle compassion and offer a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space where you will feel valued and respected. My sessions are non-directive which means you will be in control of what you bring to sessions and together we will explore your thoughts and feelings at a pace that feels right for you. I aim to help you discover and build on your own inner strength and resilience, allowing you to take greater control of your life and feel more content, confident and able to respond to life's challenges.
To get started please send me a message through the link provided and I will get back to you to arrange an initial phone call or meeting. There is no obligation to proceed and it is important we spend time getting to know each other to see if we are a good fit. We will talk about what you would like to get out of counselling and what might work for you. Should we decide to work together we will book in our first session or if not I will try to help you find an alternative. I offer open-ended counselling which means you can stop at any time or continue for as long as feels right for you. Sessions are generally weekly or bi-weekly and we review every 6 sessions to see how we are progressing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 20 years experience in teaching, lecturing, mentoring and counselling. I deeply value and respect the diversity and ways of being that make us human. I have significant experience in working with grief, loss and illness and currently volunteer at a local hospice. This is an area of counselling greatly close to my heart and I believe developing self-compassion and making meaning from loss can significantly help the grieving process.
I have also spent many years working with those on the autistic spectrum and with neurodiversity and learning differences. I am trained at postgraduate level 7 as a person-centred therapist and I have also trained in solution focused brief therapy and person-centred expressive arts therapy (level one). I am a fully registered member with the 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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Autistic Spectrum
- Learning Differences
- Learning Disabilities
Sessions fees are charged at £45 per hour. I accept payments by BACS transfer, credit or debit card or in cash.
I work from a comfortable, accessible office in Lancaster with free parking. I also offer telephone or online sessions should that be preferable and will consider home visits if there is a specific need.
I currently mentor university students with an autism or Asperger's diagnosis alongside my counselling work. For further information on this please get in touch.