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BA (First Class Hons) Counselling, MNCS (Accred), MBACP

About me

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.

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 located in Welcome Gym, tucked away from the main gym area, 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

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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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 Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45 per 50 minute session

Concessions available.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1AU

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

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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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