Michelle Tovey MBACP Dip Cllg. BACP certificate of proficiency holder

Michelle Tovey MBACP Dip Cllg. BACP certificate of proficiency holder

North Somerset


07713 835914 / 07713835914

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North Somerset


07713 835914 / 07713835914

About me

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. Additionally there is always opportunity to ask questions at the initial assessment and at any stage through your therapy 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 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/depression/relationship issues and neglect 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.

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.

Additionally I have solid experience of addictions work both using the cycle of change model and the 12 steps model also. 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. My workshops are for women and men who have been caught in the cycle of unhealthy or abusive relationships coupled with substance misuse. I currently deliver 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.

Please look at my website and have a read through the 'About Me' page and the 'Private clients' page so that you may get a more indepth idea about myself as a therapist and also the range of issue and difficulties I can competently work with. www.michelletoveytherapy.co.uk Thank you for reading my profile I look forward too hearing from you.

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 developmemt in psychoanalytical studies.

So far just some of my training among many workshops and short courses and qualifications are:

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.

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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 issues 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.


£40 per hour (50 minutes) per individual

£60 per hour (50 minutes) for couples

Concessions can apply

Further information

I can provide daytime and evening appointments throughout the week. Monday to Thursday and Friday mornings

Maps & Directions

Kenn, BS49
Bristol, BS1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 8pm

Types of client

Older adults
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