Michelle Morris BSc (hons) MBACP
Hi, I’m Michelle.
I am a qualified and BACP registered counsellor. I offer a warm, compassionate and caring space where adults and young people can talk about their worries or difficulties in a confidential and supportive environment. Often there can be difficult experiences or feelings which can have a negative impact on our lives. These experiences can leave us feeling emotionally vulnerable.
Throughout my personal and professional life, I have seen the positive effects that counselling can have. Having the opportunity to discuss personal problems in a safe and non-judgmental environment can help people to resolve their problems and gain a deeper understanding about how they are feeling and make positive changes.
I understand that taking the first steps to seek counselling can be a daunting experience. I will provide you with safe space to help you gain a better understanding of what is worrying you. I work with clients to establish a trusting relationship to enable us to gently explore and work through any difficulties or emotional issues that you may be experiencing. I will listen with respect, supporting you to talk about your concerns and feelings. Together we can explore these challenges and find a way forward.
My approach is person-centred which means I will provide you the opportunity to explore and process your experiences and feelings in a safe non-judgemental setting.
I also have experience of working using an integrative approach combining some aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Mindfulness. Please ask if you would like any more information about any of these therapies.
I have experience of counselling young people aged 11 – 16 years in a Secondary School for a range of issues. Counselling can provide you with the space to talk about how you are feeling without the fear of being judged. This space allows you to express your feelings and explore and understand what is happening in your world and what may have caused you to feel this way.
I have worked with young people struggling with the following issues: low self-esteem, body image, anxiety, depression, peer pressure and bullying, exam stress, self-harm, helping them to come to terms with their parent’s separation or divorce, relationship matters, sexuality and anger problems.
I feel the most important element of working with young people is to build and establish a safe and confidential relationship where you feel safe, valued and listened to.
Autism Spectrum Condition/Additional needs
Alongside my private practice I work for a local charity supporting young people and adults with a learning disability, and/or associated condition such as Autism or Asperger’s through self-advocacy. I have worked with this client group for many years.
I understand that for many young people and adults on the autism spectrum or with additional needs, struggling with stress, anxiety and daily life can be challenging and unsettling and symptoms can sometimes be extremely overwhelming.
I provide counselling to people with a learning disability and/or Autism Spectrum Condition, family members and loved ones. This involves offering person-centred support and guidance around understanding and managing behaviours and helping you to develop and apply social skills strategies to help build your confidence and self-esteem.
How do I book a first session?
You are very welcome to call me to discuss your situation, ask any questions or book an appointment. It is so important to find the right counsellor, so I suggest we meet for an initial assessment session to give us the chance to discuss your situation and give you the opportunity to have a sense of how I work. This session will be for 30 minutes and is free of charge.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (hons) Counselling Bath Spa University
- Foundation Degree Counselling Bath Spa University
- Integration of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – level 6
- Integration of Compassion Focussed Therapy – level 6
- Level 3 Diploma in Counselling
- Level 2 Diploma in Counselling
- Adult Attachment Behaviour
- Autism and Anxiety
- Mental Health First Aid
- Asperger's in the Counselling Room
- Pregnancy Loss and Infertility
- Creative Arts in Counselling
- Grief and Loss
- Counselling Children and Young People
- Exploring Art Therapy
- Addiction Training
- Mindfulness Training
- Autism Awareness
- Work therapeutically with survivors of sexual violence - SARSAS
- Working with Eating Disorders
- Couples in Conflict
- PODS - Positive Outcomes for Disassociation Disorder
- Advanced Vulnerable Adult Training
My experience includes working as a counsellor for a local mental health charity and resource centre working 1: 1 with people struggling with a broad range of mental health issues.
These include: Anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family breakdown, health related issues, bereavement and loss, work related stress, chronic health condition, disability issues, OCD, low self-esteem and addiction related issues
I have also worked at Addaction – An agency counselling clients with addiction issues who also offer support to family and friends affected by their loved ones behaviours.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Initial session 30 minutes - free
Adults - £40 per 50 minute session
Under 18's - £30 per 50 minute session
Students - £30 per 50 minute session
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their code of ethics.
All my work is supported by supervision
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Personal Indemnity Insurance
Member of BACP Children and Young Person Division
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client