Michelle Tovey

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MBACP Dip Cllg. BACP certificate of proficiency holder
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Bristol BS6 & Weston Super Mare BS22
Available for new clients
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About me

Hello I am Michelle, and thank you for wanting to know more about the therapy I offer. I am a highly experienced counsellor with over 20 years of experience of working with various types of abuse and the impact it has on individuals. I am also a Clinical Supervisor (Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision NCP accredited level 7). 

 I work with issues that may have impacted you in your own childhood, such as family disputes, neglect, sexual abuse, divorced parents, domestic abuse, and homes where a parent (s) or caregiver may have had dependency issues around alcohol or substances. Together we can compassionately explore, your inner world, to gain understanding  of what is happening for you in the here and now. Together we will work towards a present and future that feels more fulfilling and calmer for you. It might be that you feel a 'stuckness' in your life in some way, or in relationships. You may have a cycle of entering into the same toxic or abusive relationships that always fail. Or that you have achieved what appears to be successful goals in life, but do not connect to joy or success of them. The impact on your self could be low self esteem, low moods, anxiety, loss of purpose, loss of the sense of joy or meaning. 

I provide the right therapeutic setting so that we can work through your presenting issues, enabling you to gain new insight, understanding and a renewed sense of hope and purpose for the future.

Your therapeutic journey may be one you've only just decided upon, or one that you have thought about for a long time. If you would like to discover the benefits of therapy and how this may support you and your future, please get in touch so we can explore your therapeutic needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a commitment to personal and professional development and attend lectures, seminars and workshops on a regular basis to maintain that I am abreast of new ideas, approaches and continue to practice to the highest level of my ability. I am undertaking additional study in couples and the complexities of conflict and managing differences and transitions as well as continual professional development, I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor, Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NCP accredited level 7).  I can work woth both qualified and student counsellors. I work in accordance to the BACP's ethical framework. 

Some of my training, workshops, short courses and qualifications are:

Transcultural rights

Adult children of Alcoholics and Addicts

LBGT awareness

Autism awareness

Eating Disorders

Hoarding and mental health

RCGP Substitute prescribing

psychoanalytical therapy theories and concept training/sever side institute of psychotherapy

The 'Stuck couple' managing difficulty and disappointment that leads to conflict.

Freedom Programme Facilitator - Professional domestic abuse programme for both women survivors and males wanting to be 'better men'.

Theories and concepts of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (U.W.E)

Diploma in Therapeutic Practice (City of Bristol College)

Advanced Certificate in Counselling (City of Bristol College)

And many more as i constantly attend training throughout the year refreshing and updating my knowledge and skills.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

low self esteem, low self worth,loss and grief. Childhood traumas including abuse, neglect, bereavement and children of addicts and alcoholics. I have solid experience of relationship and self esteem /self worth and trust related issues also. Adults who find their lives still disrupted with past issues that effect the here and now that can be difficult to self manage are good candidates for the kind of therapy i provide. Generalised anxiety disorder, anxiety, depression and a sense of feeling overwhelmed or experiencing loss of hope. I can work with health anxieties, feelings of being isolated, powerlessness and fearful about the present and future.

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 per hour (50 minutes) per individual face to face

£50.00 per hour for individuals on skype or zoom, payment made in advance of the session

£70.0 per hour (50 minutes) for couples

£70.00 per hour (50 minutes) for couples, via Skype, 

Clinical supervision £50.00 per hr

Concessions can apply, please check availability 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesday 9am to 9pm and Wednesday , for clients and supervisees Friday morning for supervision practice only.

10 Picton Street, Bristol, Avon, BS6 5QA

Pure Offices, Pastures Avenue, St Georges, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, BS22 7SB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

I am a qualified Clinical Supervisor, I hold the Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NCP level 7) as of March 2022. My fees are £50.00 per hr

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Michelle Tovey
Michelle Tovey