Michelli Simpson, MA., Mental Health Therapist, EDMR, Trauma Specialist, BACP
When something terrible has happened it can rock your entire world. Nothing will ever be the same. You're anxious, depressed, confused, and feeling every feeling and nothing all at once. You're lashing out, isolating, and losing yourself. When you're feeling disconnected, stuck in an addiction, depressed, or like you just can't move on from things that have happened in your life, it's hard to know where to turn. How do you recover?
If you’re unsure where to start, it may be time to seek guidance. I work with all kinds of issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) addiction, anxiety, depression, immigration and/or acculturation issues, domestic violence, relationship troubles, and codependency. It’s all very complex and without professional help, it can be difficult to resolve. However, that doesn’t’ mean that it has to take a long time. Often, once we clear the blocks, things return to baseline pretty quickly. I encourage you to not be intimidated into waiting.
Given that I am an expat myself, I have certain strengths that I can offer. I intimately understand the struggle that comes with feeling like you’re having to navigate two cultures - and everything that comes with that: intercultural relationships, immigration and deportation issues, split families, language difficulties, addiction as a way to cope, domestic violence from cultural differences or high-stress situations, and codependency when you feel like you’re both alone up against the world.
You want a life where you have navigated your struggles: freed yourself from addiction, stopped the fighting, connected to your spouse or family, and found your home. You can have it. You can have a life where you aren't constantly running from your troubles and your fears. It can happen faster than you think.
No more excuses. Don't let fear or other excuses keep you from healing any longer. I offer affordable online counselling from the comfort of your own home. We can work with your schedule and you don’t even have to come into the office! I can do sessions in English or Portuguese, whatever makes you most comfortable. Let me work with you to help you through the struggles and get you living your best life.
Training, qualifications & experience
My educational and professional experience includes working with a variety of populations, from people with developmental disabilities to those living with severe mental health issues. I have an in-depth knowledge of acculturation problems, addiction/compulsions, attachment problems, behavioural problems, cultural/racial oppression, relational difficulties, and traumas. My experience also includes working with adults with and without developmental disability, co-occurring disorders, youth, and children.
I am a Nationally Certified Therapist in the USA, fully-licensed in the State of Washington, and Member of the BACP and BPS board in the UK working with teens, young adults, couples, and families. I am an EMDR trained therapist and my work focuses on people with a history of complex trauma and substance abuse. I have experience working with a wide range of clinical presenting difficulties including severe psychological disorders. I also have experience with co-occurring disorders, mood disorder (such as depression and bipolar), anxiety disorders (such as PTSD and general anxiety), domestic violence (survivor and perpetrator), and problems with adjusting such as work, school, and parenting. Some of my approaches include CBT, DBT, EMDR, Family Systems, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Strength-Based Therapy.
Volunteering is also included in my work line and I am a telephone counselling for an organisation in the UK offering therapy for the youth from 10-25 years old. I also provide consultation to companies around mental health programs and case consultation with other colleagues.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fee - Individual Therapy
£100 (Telemental Health)
Fee - Couples Therapy
£150 (Telemental Health)
Reduced Fee/ Sliding Scale
Reduced fee and sliding scale services are available on a limited basis.
The preferred method of payment is credit or debit card.
For cancellations, please contact us with 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged.
For some people around the world, the choice is not about in-person or online counseling; it is about having access or not to therapy services. Online services allow people who have to drive for a long time or even have mobility challenges, also people who have small children and leaving home is a hassle to access those professional services. For professionals with limited time during the day, it also represents a possibility to focus on themselves and not having to worry about missing working hours.
Like traditional therapy, online counseling requires you to schedule an appointment. The difference in online counseling it gives you more freedom around appointment, no need to traveling outside your route and people tend to be more open when there is not a physical presence of a counselor. Many people will feel more comfortable knowing that will not have to commute or be worry that someone they know will be seeing them going to a counselor office or even meeting the person (or any person) in the waiting area.
The therapist will be talking to you in a real-time by using technology-assisted methods may include telecounseling (telephone), secure e-mail communication, chat, video conferencing or stand-alone software programs such as Voxy.me and Zoom.com.