Hello I am Michelle, and thank you for wanting to know more about the therapy I offer. Please don't be put off by my lengthy profile as getting the right therapist is important, and if you have come this far I would always recommend you read through and contact me should you have any questions.
We are at present in a situation with coronavirus (covid-19) where you may be socially isolating, practising social distancing, physical distancing, or experience high levels of stress and anxiety for yourself or loved ones. Your life or lives of loved ones may be impacted by this situation causing stress, depression, fear and anxiety among just some of the feelings you could be suffering from. I can provide telephone, zoom and skype sessions to help you manage this difficult and unknown period of time. Together we can create a space where you can safely work through all that is presenting for you.
I am offering online sessions via Skype or Zoom, which makes your therapy more accessible and safe. We would undertake a short assessment over the phone and agree a plan that works for you. All you need to start is internet access, a safe confidential place to speak from each week, a phone, tablet or laptop with webcam facility. If it sounds daunting, do not worry I can talk you through everything so that we create a user friendly environment for you and your sessions.
I am a qualified therapist working in private practice in the Central Bristol and North Somerset area. The chances are that if you are seeking a therapist you may have feelings of sadness, anxiety, stuckness, numbness, dissatisfaction in one or more areas of your life or have good awareness but you are unsure on how to move forward. I can help you within these areas and many more. I work with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in long term therapy and many types of abuse/abandonment/childhood neglect and relationship issues as a result. I provide therapy for Children of Alcoholics and addicts, and adult children who still have unresolved parental and childhood issues included Domestic Abuse. These types of unexplored issues can cause depression, general anxiety and issues within current relationships to name but a few. I provide the right conditions so that we can safely explore these issues, to move towards a more satisfying outcome for yourself.
I also work with couples who are experiencing a 'stuckness' in their relationship, or have difficulty in moving past certain issues. Including couples counselling and individuals who are experiencing low self esteem issues as a result of communication or relational breakdowns. It might be that you repeatedly end up with the same type of relationships, or you are struggling in maintaining current relationships. Either way I can work with relationship issues that are inter-personal and familial.
I have solid experience of addictions work, both using the cycle of change model and the 12 steps model. I can provide short term therapy that is up to 6 sessions with a review or longer term therapy for clients who are needing more time and space to work upon their experiences, and this is available for inviduals or couples counselling. I have solid experience of teaching and developing workshops for groups in the field of addiction and domestic abuse. I have written and facilitate groups for women and men who have been caught in the cycle of unhealthy and abusive relationships coupled with substance misuse. I delivered these workshops to individuals in rehabilitation treatment within the North Somerset area. The workshops are pattern changing and break the cycle of entering and being in, unhealthy and abusive relationships. It can be an excellent tool to support recovery for individuals experiencing the 'stuckness' of these cycles. I developed the programme based on my experience on working with The Freedom programme and working in treatment with addictions.
MY WORKSHOPS ON DOMESTIC ABUSE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH 'THE TOXIC TRIO'
If you are reading this you may be interested in attending one of my workshop days that are specially designed for professionals wanting to refresh or gain solid knowledge on working with domestic abuse, substance misuse and metal health (the toxic trio). The training is for counsellors, experienced therapists and students. GP's, health and social care professional will also benefit from the training. I provide a half day workshop, where in a safe environment we can explore the tough subject of working with clients who are in a domestic abuse relationship coupled with addictions and mental health issues. The day is as interactive as you would like, I provide lots of opportunity for thought, reflection, questions and learning. Exploring the sensitive nature of the 'stuckness' these clients experience alongside the trauma and effects. The day is broken down so that we move through the key aspects of identifying abuse for the client and us as practitioner's, exploring known perpetrator traits and the effects on the victim and the beliefs behind the behaviour. The workshop draws to an end exploring the golden question of why stay why leave? By the end of the workshop, professionals will have a fresh understanding of domestic abuse and its meaning, taking into account new laws such as coercive control. Be able to identify specific groups of perpetrator behaviours and tactics, can work with a client to help them gain understanding of what is abuse and gain insight into the dilemma of why stay why leave, that victims are overwhelmed with. You will have good insight and understanding of how to bring this knowledge safely into your professional setting and work so that you are keeping the client safe. The workshops are half day and priced at £55 per person, early bird bookings and students are £45 per person. I provide this training in Bristol and North Somerset dates to be confirmed.
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 undertaking clinical studies on supervision in Autumn 2020, so that I may oversee over therapists in practice.
So far just some of my training among many workshops and short courses and qualifications are:
Adult children of Alcoholics and Addicts
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
Concessions offered for
£45 per hour (50 minutes) per individual face to face
£45.00 per hour for individuals on skype or zoom, payment made in advance of the session
£60 per hour (50 minutes) for couples
£55.00 per hour (50 minutes) for couples, via Skype, zoom, whatsapp.
Workshops are £45 per attendee, concessions for students
Concessions can apply for low wages and students
Tuesday 9am to 9pm and Wednesday 8am - 9pm Thursday evening