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MBACP (Registered Member)

About me

I am a warm and compassionate therapist who will support you to explore whatever challenges you may be experiencing. I work with clients affected by a wide range of difficulties. Sometimes our experiences in life can feel overwhelming and it can be difficult to cope. We can also feel a sense of being stuck and unable to move forward. It can be challenging to deal with these feelings alone or to confide in those closest to us. Counselling can provide valuable support during these times in our lives. I can provide you with a confidential, respectful and supportive space to explore, understand and process your feelings. Raising awareness of how we respond to our experiences can help us to heal from them and can also facilitate positive change in our lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. I undertake regular supervision of my work in line with BACP guidelines. In addition to my private practice, I work with a low-cost community counselling service based in St Albans city centre. I also have experience of supporting groups within one of the leading mental health charities.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer a number of concessionary spaces in my practice.  However, these are all currently taken (as of April 2022).  Your name can be added to a waiting list for a concessionary space.

When I work

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In person appointments in St Albans are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Appointments on Mondays and Thursdays will be via Zoom. 

Further information

I work with adult clients on an open-ended basis and offer one-to-one counselling sessions either in person or via Zoom. In person sessions take place at The Albany Centre, which is based in St. Albans.  I offer a free initial introductory/assessment session to all potential clients.  Introductory sessions take place via telephone or online via Zoom.  If you would like to book an initial introductory assessment session with me, then please contact me via the 'Book intro call' or 'Email me' buttons at the top of my profile page.  Please do feel free to get in contact with me should you have any queries. 

St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Zoom
Michelle McCarthy

Michelle McCarthy