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About me

I have been a Counselling Psychologist for over 20 years. I have helped people with a huge range of difficulties. I have been particularly successful in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, work-related stress, and low self-esteem. There is a mutual pleasure in finishing therapy and seeing people flourish. You can review my Doctify reviews here: https://www.doctify.com/uk/specialist/michelle-williams

My clients tell me that they get the most out of our sessions because I’m straight-forward, I use evidence-based techniques, and collaborate with them on practical interventions.

I don’t want a stuffy patient-doctor relationship. Most of my clients are bright and vibrant people – even if they’re not at their best at the moment. They need the benefit of my experience and book-learning, but they don’t need somebody to talk down to them.

I want to get into the trenches with you to improve what is going on in your life. I don’t want you to be in therapy forever. I want to conduct a very thorough assessment and to build a robust treatment plan so that we have a clear pathway out of the current situation.

I’ve mentioned that I favour evidence-based approaches. What that means is: therapeutic approaches that have been studied and proven to provide results. I’m often able to get really pleasing results with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

I strive to create a warm, discreet, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to explore your concerns. Through our work, I want you to gain perspective on where this problem came from, but also to deepen your understanding of yourself, what you value, and to develop stronger relationships and connections. I don’t want coming to our sessions to feel like a drag for you. Instead, I want you to enjoy them – even the difficult ones.

As well as offering 1:1 therapy, I also offer a variety of group interventions. Every client of The Blackbird Clinic is welcome to join our weekly online Mindfulness Practice Group for free (for non-clients its £10/month). I also offer Introduction to Mindfulness, Mindfulness for Self-Compassion, Relapse Prevention for Bipolar Disorder, Contentedness Bootcamp, and 8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Please check out my website to get some more information, and see my videos and blog: www.blackbirdclinic.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

I am qualified as a Counselling Psychologist twenty years ago in Australia. I am now a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a committee member of the British Psychological Society London and Home Counties Branch, and am recognised as a Supervisor for other Psychologists and Counsellors on the BPS's Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

I am continually engaged in Continued Professional Development to keep up-to-date with new interventions. This year, my CPD has focussed on the neuropsychology of self-compassion and helping clients to develop self-compassion with mindfulness under luminaries such as Tara Brach, Kristin Neff, Daniel J. Siegel, Dacher Keltner, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. This has been a cornerstone of my work with people through COVID.

I will use all of that training and experience to tailor your treatment plan to your goals. I want you to feel better and to enjoy your life again.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

BPS

British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Coping
  • Life transitions
  • Men's issues
  • Feeling sad
  • Women's issues
  • Peer relationships
  • Stress
  • Sleep and insomnia

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness

Photos & videos

Fees

From £70.00 to £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING

​- 50 minute appointment - After-hours appointments available - videoconferencing and telephone appointments also available - Discharge report including assessment results - All clients of The Blackbird Clinic have free access to our online weekly mindfulness session -

​Single session: £90

Aviva, Vitality, WPA, and WPA Protocol insurances accepted.

COACHING

​- 50 minute appointment - After-hours appointments available - videoconferencing and telephone appointments also available - All clients of The Blackbird Clinic have free access to our online weekly mindfulness session -

Single session: £90

​CLINICAL SUPERVISION

​- 50 minute appointment - All necessary reports - Review of video / audio materials - videoconferencing and telephone appointments also available - Site visits as required - All clients of The Blackbird Clinic have free access to our online weekly mindfulness session -

Individual session: £80

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

When you choose a Psychologist, the most important factor is that you find one that you are comfortable with and want to work with. Please visit my website to see videos and blogs, and call or email me for a free telephone consultation to make sure we can build a positive relationship.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I succeed when I help you to succeed. I am on the BPS's Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

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Michelle Williams from The Blackbird Clinic

Michelle Williams from The Blackbird Clinic