Michelle Wood Dip. Couns. Registered MBACP
Online counselling available.
What was once 'normal' or familiar has changed for most people. Experiencing a potential rollercoaster of emotions and not having your usual coping strategies, you may understandably find that you could benefit from gaining support.
I will sit with you and build a therapeutic relationship that can enable you to express your feelings, paying attention to what you need and think. You are unique, with an individual set of experiences, circumstances and history. These inform how you see and feel about yourself and also how you would respond to challenging situations and relationships. Together we can explore how you can gain control of the situations you face. Perhaps self-defeating, learned behaviors are impacting you? It is possible to change your perspective and responses if that is part of the goals you set for yourself.
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.
Future face to face sessions will resume at the usual rates after lockdown restrictions are lifted.
£40 per session in Tring (an additional £10 for Hemel Hempstead venue).
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
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with Children and Young People.
Enhanced DBS checked.
ONLINE counselling £40
Face to face sessions £45
£60 for couples
(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).
Concessions offered for
Please call to discuss your personal circumstances.