Michelle Scott-Barnes MBACP

Michelle Scott-Barnes MBACP


07918 126296

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07918 126296

About me

Receiving counselling is not a sign of weakness. It takes enormous courage to address problem areas and examine painful feelings. Entering into counselling is taking that first step in resolving the difficulties you may be experiencing. The focus is solely on you; who you are and how you relate to the world. Together we can work towards new ways of looking at problem areas and new ways of handling those problems.

My approach to healing and transformation is informed by my belief in an authentic, trusting and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship.

I will work hard to listen and connect with you and tailor therapies to individual specific needs as no two people are the same. You will experience a warm and compassionate atmosphere in which to freely explore their thoughts, feelings, strengths and weaknesses.

My therapeutic orientations focus on Person-Centred and Psychodynamic approaches, which often involve exploring past relationships and experiences that may have contributed to current conflicts and interpersonal patterns. I also incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) if appropriate and required.

I am also very passionate about my work with young people and have extensive experience working within the 14 - 24 years age group. I currently work for the YMCA - Heads Together Service.

I am fully insured and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their professional code of ethical framework for good practice.

I am able to offer various early evening appointments and Saturday mornings depending on availability.

Training, qualifications & experience

ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts

ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

AIM Awards Level 4 Certificate in Approaches to Counselling Children & Young People

AIM Awards Level 4 Certificate in Counselling - Psychodynamic Theory

AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice

Certificate of Higher Education in Psychodynamic Counselling

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


  • My fees are £50.00 for a 50-minute face to face session for individuals.
  • Payments can be made by either cash or cheque.
  • Cancellation of less than 24hrs is charged at the full session rate.

Further information

I am committed to attending Continual Professional Development workshops which enables me to update my practice on a regular basis. Those which I have recently attended are:

  • Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Using Portable Creative Interventions in Counselling
  • Understanding Adolescents
  • Understanding & Managing Stress
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Working with Erotic Transference & Counter-transference
  • Roles played in Families
  • Working with Fear
  • Solution-Focused Practice
  • Anger and it's Many Faces

Maps & Directions

Dorking, RH4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults