Michelle Wood Dip. Couns. Registered MBACP
I offer one to one and couples counselling. In a busy world, this space enables you to express your feelings, paying attention to what you need and think. Each person and situation is unique. Each with a unique set of experiences and background of circumstances and history. These inform how you see and feel about yourself and also how you would respond to people or situations. You can however gain control of self-defeating, learned behaviors and change your perspective and responses. I will sit with you and facilitate your process of identifying what you don't want, and discover what is important to you, in safety and confidence.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My work related experience includes building relationships with a diverse range of people. I embrace the themes of freedom, choice, responsibility and courage which can be experienced once the anxiety of the “givens”; mortality, isolation, meaninglessness and freedom are faced, as stated by Irvin Yalom. Working in the present and facilitating my client to search for ‘that something that matters enough to live or die for’ and their sense of purpose.
My experience includes a range of issues including; depression, anxiety, eating difficulties, relationship issues, general anxiety disorder, loss and grief, sexuality, trauma, self-harm and suicide prevention. Whilst a lot of these things can be interlinked with one another, its about finding what it is like for you and what meaning it holds.
My particular area of interest lies in mental health and its link to physical and social well being, especially concerning family and connections made throughout life. There is a fine line between mental wellness and unwellness. Early intervention and support can prove to make or break a situation. I hope that you will reach out towards your own well-being and I trust that you will do what is right for you. Working with adults we look to the past to inform the present which empowers you to make choices and changes for the future.
Working with Young people
My work with an agency who specialises in working with Young people and my experience of working with younger children has opened my heart to the challenges they face during various transitions as the grow. Whether it be bullying, new schools, parents divorce/break-up, family structure changes, their identity and beliefs about themselves and who they are in the world are being impacted. It is a privilege to offer support to them during these crucial years which impact the rest of their lives. I working creatively and enabling them to verbalise or process the many feelings they have and facilitate them in making sense of the world to reach a happier place.
My room is based in Tring on the High street (easy access from the A41) and I also work from a treatment room in Hemel Hempstead. Surrounding villages like, Aston Clinton, Wigginton, Wing,Pitstone, Ivinghoe, Wendover, etc are all within close proximity. Parking available.
How Counselling can help
Taking that first step to reach out and search for direction, answers and help can be so difficult. By looking for a counsellor that is right for you, you have already taken that first step, so well done! We all need a connection with relationships, a sense of identity, belonging and purpose. Together we can explore the challenges, hardships and difficulties you may be facing right now. Getting help early on can make all the difference to healthier and happier well being and avoid feeling like the situation is greater than your ability to handle it.
What to expect
Getting to know yourself and your relationships better may give you the perspective you want to enable you to feel more equipped to deal with your situation. You may even change the direction of your journey in life if you choose to? What ever your individual needs may be, I would be happy to discuss this with you initially telephonically or via e-mail. To book a 50 minute session as our first meeting, will cost £40 per session in Tring (an additional £10 for Hemel Hempstead venue). Counselling can enable you get to a safer, happier place where you are empowered to make choices that are right for you and your future. Like anything, what you invest in the process will be evident in your experiencing. Counselling is a investment in yourself and your wellbeing.
How I work
Some people enjoy or are able to just talk. Others may be interested in drawing/painting or using stones, soft toys, games, etc to facilitate the therapeutic work we do together. I enjoy finding ways of working that are right for you. I will be happy to work in a more creative way to help you engage with your emotions and gain clarity, if this is suitable for you.The choice is yours and we will explore this together.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling, including Person Centred Theory (PCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis (TA).
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency of Voluntary Registration
- I abide by the ethical code of conduct of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapist (BACP) to ensure that the safety, wellbeing and individuality of my clients are paramount throughout my work.
- I am fully ensured.
- I hold an enhanced DBS (CRB) certificate with different agencies
- Sand tray Introduction (Karla Burley – Open Toy Box)
- Working creatively (Adlerian Society).
- Time to Talk Bucks Training Conference
- ‘Working with Eating Disorders’ and ‘Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ delivered by Susan Scupham, from CAMHS.
- Data protection and Safeguarding training.
- Couples training
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with Children and Young People.
Enhanced CRB checked.
£40 for Individual one to one sessions (50 mins.) - Tring.
(Additional £10 per session - Hemel Hempstead)
Concessions may be available, please call to discuss.
£60 for couple sessions (60 mins.)
(Complimentary initial telephone conversation or e-mail will enable us to discuss any questions you may have and give us both an idea of whether we will be well suited to work together).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available in Tring and Hemel Hempstead Daytime and evenings - see website
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|