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

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 don't think 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.

Some people worry that their problem is just too embarrassing or that a counsellor will think they are weird. Some will be so ashamed of their thoughts/feelings/behaviour or the events that took place in their lives that they can't bring themselves to say it out loud to themselves let alone someone else.  I would like to reassure you that I am here for you, at whatever pace you are comfortable with, to not just listen, but to really hear you and support you as you move forward. 

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.

Knowing what a difficult decision this can be I don't want to overwhelm you with lots of counselling jargon and pages and pages of text. Following, I will give you some basic information and a link to my website should you wish to find out more about me and the work I do. 

I offer private counselling, either by phone, online or face-to-to face in Southend-on-Sea. My counselling rooms in Weston road are quiet and comfortable, conveniently located near to bus and train routes with adequate parking nearby. There are a number of businesses operating from this address adding an extra layer of confidentiality.

I also have a counselling room in Welcome Gym in Southend-on-Sea, there is a little background noise (which many prefer) but I love the fact that people can access counselling with me whilst everyone else thinks they are working out and/or having a sports massage. 

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 telephone consultation 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)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • Level 2 Health and Social Care

I am currently studying for qualifications in:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Rapid Cognitive Processing
  • Emotional Freedom Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychology

I have also undertaken numerous CPD training events including working with men, conflict resolution, trauma and anxiety, hard to help clients, telephone counselling, shame, loss, safeguarding, guilt, grief and bereavement.

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 really difficult times in their lives. 

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 will be offering hypnotherapy sessions from February/March 2022

I offer a #givingback service whereby I will always have one low income client that does not pay.

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

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.


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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling 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 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£40 a session

Concessions available.

10% Discount for purchasing a block of 10 sessions


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

My availability varies depending on other clients, my training commitments 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.

Block A
Weston Chambers
Weston Road

Welcome Gym
Victoria shopping centre
367 Chartwell West

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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

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