Michelle Saunders

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BA (1st Class Hons) Counselling, HPD, MNCS (Accred), MBACP
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Southend-on-Sea SS1 & SS2
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, My name is Michelle, welcome to my page!

I am a degree qualified counsellor and hypnotherapist offering face-to-face, online or phone sessions for a variety of issues. Whilst I usually work from my therapy room, home visits can be arranged in some circumstances. I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, addiction and relationship concerns to name just a few. I use my variety of training to take an integrative approach, meaning that I work to the individual needs of each client. Please read on for more information or go ahead and send me an email to discuss your needs.

Whether you are looking for a counsellor for yourself, or for someone else, I realise what a daunting task it can be. Many people spend a long time thinking they can just "snap out of it",  "sort themselves out" or thinking "nothing can be done, this is just the way life is" 

Perhaps you aren't sure if what you are going through is bad enough for counselling. Or...maybe you have had so much trauma in your life that you just don't know where to start.

The fact you have found yourself here suggests that you are looking for change in some aspect of your life and you are thinking about reaching out for help. Many people aren't sure what counselling is exactly and that's OK. I can explain everything to you, before you tell me anything if you prefer. 

Whether you prefer to work together face to face, by phone or online is entirely up you and this can change weekly depending on your circumstances. The content of these sessions is also in your control, you can tell me as much or as little as you like.

I offer a free, no obligation, confidential Zoom consultation (max 30 minutes) where we can discuss what you need support with, any questions you may have and decide if we are both happy to work together. If I am unable to provide you with the support you need I may be able to recommend someone that can.

If you would like to find out more about me and what I do, please visit my website www.t1dcounsellingessex.co.uk or alternatively text or call 07305686103 or email info@t1dcounsellingessex.co.uk 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Counselling (1st class)
  • Clinical Diploma in Hypnotherapy
  • Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Certificate in Rapid Cognitive Processing
  • Certificate in Emotional Freedom Therapy
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • Level 2 Health and Social Care

I have also undertaken numerous CPD training events including:

  • Working with men
  • Conflict resolution
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Hard to help clients
  • Telephone counselling
  • Shame
  • Loss
  • Safeguarding
  • Guilt, grief and bereavement.
  • I also have lived experience of Type 1 Diabetes 

I have 20 years of experience working in the NHS, this includes the nursery and on the main hospital wards. Working on the children's ward, A&E, cancer wards, stroke unit and the surgery wards has given me a great deal of experience supporting people during times in their lives when they feel scared and vulnerable. 

I also have experience counselling children in a senior school and working with people in the probation service. Working in these areas has enabled me to see the effects of childhood abuse, neglect and trauma and the devastating impact it has on the adults they become. 

I offer a #givingback service whereby I will always have one low income client that does not pay and 2 that are using my concessionary spaces. If you would like to donate sessions to someone that cannot afford them, please visit my website for details.

In conjunction, I would love for people to #payitforward and purchase sessions for those less fortunate so that more people can get the help they need.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

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

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Working with type 1 diabetes and other long-term/chronic health conditions.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students

Additional information

£50 per 50 minute counselling session

£80 per 60-90 minute hypnotherapy session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My availability varies depending on other clients and if you require face-to-face, phone or zoom sessions. 

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Further information

If you need any further information please do get in touch. I aim to respond within 24 hours.

If you have not received a reply, please check your junk folder.

Block A, Weston Chambers, Weston Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1AU

Welcome Gym, Victoria shopping centre, 367 Chartwell West, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 5SR

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

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

Key details

DBS check

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Face-to-face sessions are currently not accessible for wheelchair users or those unable to manage 1 flight of steps at this address. However, if face-to-face is preferred please contact me and I will try and source an alternative room.

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Michelle Saunders
Michelle Saunders