Michelle White MBACP, Dip.Couns
Hello I'm a qualified and experienced counsellor having worked with a wide range of clients in different settings for a number of years. I believe well being and happiness are priceless in our age of stressful, high demand living. I use a Person Centred approach and also use my knowledge of other approaches to work individually with clients.
There are many reasons people seek counselling and can include life changing events such as births, divorce, bereavement. I offer a safe confidential space to talk freely about what is troubling you, giving you the opportunity to discuss your experiences, thoughts as well as emotions and feelings you may not be able to talk about anywhere else in confidence. I will aim to show unconditional positive regard accepting you as you are and hope to accompany you in exploring your experiences and what they mean for you. This will involve you making sense of your world and how you experience it. You will need to be as open and honest as possible about what you are experiencing as often the conflicts we face are within us. I believe the skills I offer will help you to regain control of your life and live in more fulfilling ways. Using the relationship you will be able make more healthy decisions and become more autonomous. Counselling is a process through which the client becomes more able to freely express difficult feelings and emotions which lead to self development and change.
I would suggest a telephone assessment for you to discuss your needs and then together we can decide if I would be the right counsellor for you. I work close to Bedford town centre.
Sometimes if can be difficult to talk or find the words that accurately describe experiences, thoughts or feelings for many reasons so I also use a technique called Brainspotting which enables you to process through the brain and body without having to always find the right words.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills,
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision.
- Brainspotting (Phase 3 completed)
Brainspotting is a brain body therapy (derived from EMDR) which taps into the brains natural self-scanning and self-healing ability to help process and down regulate the amygdala the emotional centre of the brain. For further information please visit www.bspuk.co.uk Brainspotting is approved by The British Psychological Society.
I attend regular CPD training to update my skills and knowledge in many different areas.
I currently work in a SEN School working with 11-18 year olds with learning disabilities and also work in a mainstream secondary school. Within this service I also work with staff providing supervision and counselling to parents. I use a range of techniques to work with children including play therapy, sand tray work, theraplay techniques.
Previously I've worked for other schools with 11-18 year olds, Mental health charity as a counsellor working with adults and also a charity working with victims of fatal road collisions as a co-ordinator, counsellor and supervisor working with both adults and children.
I have worked with a wide range of clients from 6 years old to 75 in a range of settings all with individual needs I work with my clients to ensure I am offering a therapeutic relationship in which they can start to heal.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 Counselling session (50 min)
£50.00 Supervision (1 hour) I offer discounted rate for trainee Counsellors.
I also offer concessions for some clients please call to discuss further.
If you are interested in finding out more about the work I do and to discuss your needs I am happy to do a telephone consultation to see if we can work together.
I am fully insured and as a Registered Member of the BACP I work with the professional organisations Ethical framework please visit www.bacp.co.uk for further information.