Michelle Vickers (MBACP) BSc (hons) (O.A.Dip, Children/Adolescents)
Hello, I am Michelle. I am a therapeutic Counsellor Clinical Supervisor in training. I am trained to work with adults, children and young people.
My specialist areas are panic attacks, anxiety disorders, obsessive thinking and phobias, depression, bereavement, grief and loss, however, I have experience of working with all of the issues listed on my profile.
In addition to my private work, I am a children and young people's counsellor within a local hospice, helping children and young people to express difficult feelings in relation to grief and loss. I have extensive experience of working with young people.
Within my hospice work I also support adult clients, pre and post bereavement as well as clients who are within their last twelve months of life after receiving a terminal diagnosis.
Throughout the year, I facilitate a series of workshops for small groups of upto 12 clients who wish to learn about my fear monster method of treating anxiety and panic- you can register to attend via: https://www.itsjustafeeling.co.uk/anxiety-workshop-day-with-michelle
Michelle has been fantastic with ... he has looked forward to attending each week. Every time we enter the building we are greeted with the warmest of welcomes. Michelle has really listened to … and given him the tools he needs to be able to manage. I cannot express our thanks enough (Parent Feedback)
Michelle has always been very approachable and easy for.... to relate to. Saturday sessions at Michelle's home greatly appreciated. I would not hesitate to recommend, flexible and adaptable, open minded (Parent Feedback)
I would recommend Michelle for support with anxiety and panic. I would say she is the best resource I have come across and I have looked at them all ! Even the sainted Claire Weekes. Michelle really does know how to succeed with panic anxiety and agoraphobia and sensibly prepares you for the fact that you must be vigilant of circumstances that could make you relapse but again tells you how to deal with those. (Adult Feedback)
'Thank you for everything' (Young Person Feedback)
'Dear Michelle, Thank you for everything that you have done, you've helped me a lot so thank you' (Young Person feedback)
'Thank you so much Michelle, you have been a huge help in getting me where I am at the minute. You are amazing and I will be forever grateful for your help, listening and understanding' (Adult Client feedback)
More about me
The foundation of my therapeutic work is Person Centred, however, I consider myself to be an Integrative Therapist, which means that use my knowledge and training in a number of different theories to meet the needs of each client that I work with.
I have training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Life Coaching, Transactional Analysis, Bereavement, Working with Nightmares and Dreams, Shadow Therapy and working with LGBT people.
In addition, I hold a BSc Honours Degree in Therapeutic Counselling and a Diploma in counselling children and adolescents as well as a Level four certificate in counselling children.
I am beginning my Masters qualification in September 2020 which is based on Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.
Consistent and continuous professional development is very important to me, ensuring that I able to keep up to date with new ideas and support the client's that I work with to the best of my ability.
I aim to provide a safe and confidential space to my client's to enable them to explore their thoughts and feelings and I have no judgement.
I use a selection of tools, training, and experience to ensure I support clients as effectively as possible, using creative techniques as well as talking, whatever works best for the individual client.
I use two counselling rooms. One is based in Brighouse and the other in Queensbury. I am also able to conduct sessions via zoom for clients who may be further away.
I hold a current DBS Certificate and I am fully insured. I receive regular clinical supervision to ensure that I provide the best possible care for my client's and to ensure I continue to work ethically and professionally.
Please don't hesitate to contact me, should you have any questions, I will be glad to help.
I look forward to meeting you and offering support where I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor with a BSc (hons) and a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
I am a qualified Children and young people's Counsellor with a Diploma in counselling Children and Adolescents and a Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children.
I work extensively supporting clients who are experiencing stress, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive thinking and phobias. I see clients one to one and I also facilitate my Fear Monster Training workshops throughout the year. To enrol and attend a course please see more information here: https://www.itsjustafeeling.co.uk/anxiety-workshop-day-with-michelle
Due to a number of years working within end of life care, I also specialise in supporting clients within bereavement, grief and loss. In addition I have worked extensively with young people who self-harm.
Aside from my private practice and workshops I am employed as the children and young people's Counsellor at a Hospice in West Yorkshire, supporting children and young people through loss, grief and bereavement, within this work I also support the wider family.
In addition, I lend my support as a volunteer counsellor working with adult clients within the hospice in terms of working with families pre and post bereavement as well as clients who have been given a terminal diagnosis and are within their last twelve months of life.
My qualifications are:
- Bsc Honours in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children (Obtained with CPCAB, Place2be with relevant practice hours)
- Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Life Coaching
- Safeguarding Level 1 Certificate (Care of children and vulnerable adults)
- Safeguarding Level 2 accredited (2018) (Care of children and vulnerable adults)
- Safeguarding Level 3 Accredited (2018) (Care of children and vulnerable adults)
- Prevent training Certificate
- DBS Checked and Fully insured.
I have additional Training in:
- Working Therapeutically with Nightmares and Dreams (Trauma)
- Working with LGBT People
- Diploma in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Diploma in Shadow Mastery
- Grief Scales
- Attachment Theory
- Difference and Diversity
- Children's emotional wellbeing
- Helping children to tell their stories
- Working with Metaphor
- Endings with Children
I am currently working towards:
I am currently undertaking Clinical Supervision training
Masters degree looking at understanding domestic violence and sexual abuse
Working with Couples
Neuro Linguistic Practitioner
Neuro Linguistic Master Practitioner
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
- I work with adult client's who are within their last twelve months of life.
- I work with children and young people who may have a family member who is terminally ill, I work with pre and post bereavement.
- I am currently in training to become a Clinical Supervisor and I am currently offering Supervision at no cost while I complete my training. Please contact me to book your initial consultation to decide if we can work together.
My fee's for counselling sessions are as follows:
Initial Introduction and Assessment Session £30.00 This session will take upto 50 minutes. For children and young people, there must be an initial parent session prior to me working with the child or young person.
Individual Counselling Sessions: £40.00 for both adults and children. The session duration is 50 Minutes.
Fear Monster workshop days are priced at £65 per delegate. There are days available for clients and days available as CPD for qualified and student practitioners.
My websites are:
Additional Services that I provide:
Telephone and Skype Counselling is available for clients who live further away
Fear Monster workshop days are available for clients who wish to learn about anxiety and panic attacks and how to apply the Fear Monster method to facilitate their own recovery from these symptoms. To register for a place please visit https://www.itsjustafeeling.co.uk/anxiety-workshop-day-with-michelle
I provide bereavement counselling within schools working with Children and Young people pre and post bereavement. Please contact me for more information
I do provide a corporate counselling service throughout the UK. Please call to discuss if this will be your requirement.
I am currently in training to become a Clinical Supervision and I am currently offering Supervision at no cost while I complete my training. Please contact me to book your initial consultation to decide if we can work together.
My Payment Terms:
Payment is required in full, either by Paypal or bank transfer in advance of the session or during the session. Advance payment for subsequent sessions may be made.
Please note that I do not offer concessionary rates only to Counsellors in training.
Concessions offered for
I am able to support client's with an option of two counselling rooms from either Brighouse or Queensbury in West Yorkshire
I also offer online and telephone counselling so I am able to support clients from a wider geographical area.
Flexible appointments available, please call or in fact complete the online referral form to book.