Michelle McNamara

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

MBACPNCS(acr)-Anxiety,lowmood,Fertility PHOONLINEreducedfees
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Farnham GU9 & Putney SW15
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Online, phone with walk and talk sessions during these times also available.

limited reduced fees available 

Reducing anxieties, stresses overall better outlook short term therapy available--

Hello thank you for reading my profile, With over 25 years in the medical profession, I offer you individual counselling my areas are Anxiety as a specialised area, generalised anxiety, low mood, depression, stress, phobias,panic disorder.                                Fertility, specialised area - natal and post natal care             Womens health and Menopause specialised areas.                            Family/relationship issues-, Focused specialised area in teenage and youth counselling Talking within a comforting, inviting and confidential approach where you can discuss the issues which concern you. Offering you the best reflections and as an active partner in your therapy using my skills you will begin to benefit from your first session. I work as a therapist for the NHS and privately using integrative counselling CBT and person centred as my main basis. Therapy will be adapted to your specific needs as an individual, I am available phone, online and Farnham, Surrey and Putney, London and surrounding areas for face to face- walk and talk sessions-.With a free initial telephone/email consultation so we can begin to explore working together to resolve and overcome whatever has brought you to therapy, I have worked successfully with many past clients achieving the outcomes they have hoped for, (most clients comment at how they wished they had found a therapist like myself before, benefiting and progressing quite soon on within their sessions because of how I work) having openings for new clients which come up every so often in my thriving clinics, please get in touch for a free consultation to discuss how the therapy I offer can help you overcome the issues that are affecting your quality of life. I am a registered member of the BACP and accredited member of the NCS.

I work with individuals as focus area with  Anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, low mood also obsessive compulsive disorders, stress, depression, bereavement and phobias and also work as a therapist for Anxiety uk with full training and specialist work in this area following NICE guidelines.

Anxiety ( I am an AnxietyUK approved therapist)

Anxiety can build up and we can feel consumed by an unusual feeling, it can linger or one day something triggers it. Anxiety can be managed and controlled and there are techniques that can help to balance things out so you get a better perspective, bereavement, trauma, a stressful situation in life are a few of many reasons anxiety can get on top of us. Therapy will help you to manage and control these all consuming feelings that stress and anxiety can bring. I have experience with working with many clients for Anxiety and generalised anxiety disorders using approaches, techniques and tools which help clients greatly in overcoming the troubling times this debilitating condition can bring, so they can live normally again.

'Michelle was great to work with! She listened to, and understood my problems, and equipped me with ways to deal with them, including being more aware of my thoughts and ways to calm my anxiety. The ‘home tasks’ set helped me to dig deeper into my problems, and helped me to determine who I am as a person and what’s important to me. I have benefitted hugely from my experience with Michelle and have grown in numerous ways. I have enjoyed this experience, and most of all Michelle was lovely; she was very caring and a friendly face to see each week!'  CW London Jan 22

"I have been seeing Michelle for over a year now. I initially went to see her in the midst of a very stressful time in my life, and had started to experience anxiety which was very new and scary to me. Michelle has managed to help me to understand how to manage, and understand these feelings and why they happen - which has enabled me to talk myself out of potentially stressful situations using the techniques I have learnt."

KD London

I specialise in Fertilty/Infertilty/IVF and womens health areas also in menopause , I have worked as a fertility counsellor/coach for a hospital in Surrey and privately with reduced fee rates to encourage natural conception and support through assisted conception and IVF, I have worked successfully with many clients helping them to be in a better place emotionally and physically, our mind and body are one and much can be done to help ourselves be in the best place to encourage conception.  working with all related areas such as miscarriage, pregnancy loss, stillbirths giving support & therapy.  Post-natal depression, pregnancy and birth, menopause symptoms and issues, providing therapy, support and approaches throughout the journey that these can all bring.  I am also keen in providing support and ways to manage PCOS and endometriosis. The worries and anxieties these bring can affect us greatly and are extremely emotional times, therapy can help by giving you focus and helping your mind and bodies well-being. By learning to explore your feelings and emotions you understand yourself and ways to manage these better, relaxation and control can be gained which has been proven to be beneficial with these issues. You have a place for you to be open and true to your real feelings helping you with therapy to gain better coping mechanisms.  I want to offer a place to be listened to, get support and explore the hear and now for your wellbeing, connecting with your body you will be more nurtured and ready for wonderful changes to happen.

“Thank you for your treatment and support throughout the IVF, I truly believe it was a huge factor in our success.  The support and also retraining of my thought process surrounding the whole IVF experience was invaluable and I can't thank you enough for contributing to us receiving this amazing gift.”

LH Surrey Sept 2019

I also run a free fertility and women's health support group in London, and Farnham for the Surrey and Hampshire area offering a place for women men and couples to talk, be listened to and be supported with those who understand, last Thursday of the month- please contact me at freeyourmindfertility@gmail.com if interested.  I also offer discounted sessions to my fertility clients at 20% off usual fees please enquire for details.

Menopause as a special area of interest I offer support and therapy to help through this time in life-with time for you looking to outlook and techniques to help symptoms and outlook management 

I have worked within the NHS and private sector for many years in hospitals and clinics with vast experience of working with different people from all walks of life, men, women and children, helping them to calm their anxieties and worries, from dental phobias, worries to nerves before operations or medical procedure fears. Eating disorders, self harm, self esteem/worth, depression and anger management are areas I have worked alot with..  Over the past few years I have enjoyed my work worked with clients for counselling and therapy, I have always had a keen interest in peoples psychological wellbeing and health. I have managed staff and worked in stressful environments the demands of modern life are great, we really could all benefit from therapy and for those who  begin to make the changes, the rewards of exploring your emotions and feelings to help understand yourself, empowering your life.

With experience of time spent at a family charity and having experience and training with relationship issues and family issues counselling. parents, grandparents, adolescents and young adults are among some I have worked with.  Helping with family setups, breakdown, financial problems, addictions and compulsions that have led to the breakup. Mediation and help can offer so much. I have worked with many individuals and helped them through difficult times,the therapy and personalised approach I use gives them focus, enabling them to grow in understanding and awareness.

I provide therapy for teenagers and young adults within youth counselling for the NHS and have for a local council.

With counselling and therapy I believe you can achieve a greater sense of well-being with the integrative approach I offer you. I support and listen to you, with varied skill sets I use tailored for you, so you can reach an understanding and contentment. I have a warm and empathetic approach and will help you to feel calm, at ease and comfortable, and feel the benefits of relaxation and your self learnt tools straight away, using the CBT and a person centred approach I am an active partner within the therapy I provide giving my clients the skillset to achieve the wellbeing they hope for, for a greater day to day life , my client's progress and benefit greatly from the therapy I offer.

I am happy for you to contact me for a free telephone or email consultation to see whether the counselling I provide is right for you.


Training, qualifications & experience

Qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor Diploma.
Counselling Skills Diploma
Hypnotherapy Diploma
Dental Nursing National Certificate and Diploma

Registered Member of the BACP                                                                                                  Member of British infertility association
Member of General Dental Council, National counselling Society, Professional Member Hypnotherapy Society.
Over 20 years experience in Dentistry, oral surgery, Maxillo-facial surgery, for both adults and paediatrics.
Offering support and reassurance to patients pre/post surgery and procedures.
Experience in working for a national family charity helpline, including training, mentor and supervision.
Training for NICE on anxiety disorders and depression.
NHS placement for youth counselling and local council.
Various continual professional development certificates including first aid and CPR.
Fertility/Women's health knowledge, research, attendance seminars and shows.
Fertile body method training.
Regular supervision and mentoring
and am fully insured.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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.

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Areas of experience in

Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Bereavement. Phobias, Fears

Women's health, Hormonal issues, Hormones, Endometreosis, Polycystic ovaries, Fibroids, Male Infertility, Female Infertility, Conceiving, IVF, ICSI, IUI, Clomid, Fertility medication, Secondary infertility, Donor, Surrogacy, Egg Transfer, two week wait, Early pregnancy care, Pregnancy care, Post birth care, Post natal depression.

Relationships, Family relationships,

Confidence, self image, weight loss, exam stress, social problems.

Dental phobias, Dental anxiety, smoking cessation, Oral care.


£45.00 - £75.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Free initial telephone consultation

Discounted rates at reduced fee clinic with limited availability please contact for more information.

Psychotherapeutic Counselling From £45 an hour --( in blocks)

Student rate and key worker discounts

Packages available for fertility/women's health ( which is also offered at discounted rates)

Hypnotherapy/deep relaxations Initial session One Hour and a Half from £75 - ongoing from £45 an
hour - Packages available

(packages available when booked in advance, cancellation required 24 hours before appointments.)

I also offer help through emails and guidance on beginning to make the changes in helping yourself.

When I work

Weekdays, evenings and weekends. Contact for further information

During current times of the Coronavirus pandemic- Reduced fees are offered with support and self care tasks-- Please enquire

Further information

I offer a wide range of experience and knowledge in many areas having studied and been trained in a few specialist areas including.

-Anxiety -Stress -Phobias -Depression- Generalised anxiety disorder- Panic disorder
-Infertility -Women's Health -Post natal depression - miscarriage- Pregnancy and birth
-Family issues - Relationship issues - Affairs and betrayals - separation and divorce
Dental anxiety/fears, dental phobia

I have particular interests in anxiety and stress, gad, and phobias.

Specialist interest in fertility and women's health I am keen to offer the help that counselling and therapy can give to women with these issues it works alongside gynaecological, hormonal and menopausal problems. Past clients and present clients really benefit from the therapy I offer

Family issues and relationship issues, and helping to resolve problems attached to these in many different ways, from all aspects with the young to parents, grandparents and partners.

Youth counselling and support for many issues.

With over 20 years experience I offer Dental issues/phobias support as well as pre post procedure/surgery counselling, hypnotherapy and support. Smoking cessation and habit therapy.

Some testimonials
" I felt instantly relaxed and comfortable with Michelle, she fits appointments in when they are convenient to me which makes life easier and less stressful.  I felt I could totally open up and be honest about my past experiences and my feelings, I always felt I had to hold back with family and friends, so I feel a big weight has been lifted making me feel calmer and lighter. The mantras and relaxation techniques have helped calm me and I feel more confident. The whole experience has bee very positive and rewarding, I would highly recommend Michelle, she is a wonderful counsellor. KH Surrey

"I first saw Michelle at the start of the year following a traumatic experience in loosing my baby that I was carrying. I have now been under her care for four months in which time I have jumped huge hurdles and overcome some very difficult times. Michelle has provided me with the support and help that I needed and continue to need in progressing forward with my life. Michelle is very skilled in recognising what help you need and has tailored my sessions with her accordingly. I am confident that I will get to where I want to be with Michelle's continued support" JT Surrey

“I now have a better understanding of myself and can control my emotions more, I no longer worry about what will be in the future as I live for now feeling content and happy, thanks to all the support Michelle has given me”   IL London

“Life is full of surprises our baby is here, the therapy we had certainly helped make it happen, against all the odds, thank you” CM Surrey

Victoria Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9

Putney, London, SW15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms