Suzy Michaels

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Dip. Accredited. MBACP
Available for new clients
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St Albans AL2 & Radlett WD7
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Disconnection from the world around you can bring up all sorts of uncomfortable feelings but I am here to help you to rediscover your authentic and more capable self which may be hiding in the shadows.

No matter what stage of life you are in, finding the right person and taking those first steps may feel quite daunting, especially if you're struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and a deep sense of threat, or if you're experiencing a bereavement or relationship breakdown. Confusing emotions may be evoked, you may be finding unhelpful ways to deal with stress, or you might not even really know what's causing you to feel a sense of loss, so whatever has prompted you to seek therapy, you can find confidential, empathetic and non-judgmental, comfortable space to be truly listened to.

Not only will we think about your current issues, but we'll also look at what lies rooted in the past and how you cope today. By making sense of your experiences, a deeper level of awareness and self-acceptance can be found, bringing more meaning to your life.  As a certified Trauma-Informed Therapist, I can also support your PTSD & CPTSD symptoms by helping you be 'here' instead of 'there', where new skills can be learned and integrated into your daily life.

I offer a free 30-minute telephone or online conversation to discuss your needs, and meeting for a 50-minute initial consultation will also allow you time to decide if you feel comfortable enough to continue with weekly sessions. Once agreed, we will meet on the same day, at the same time, and go at a pace that's right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have extensive experience supporting clients in dealing with difficult life events, where their experiences have been deeply transformative. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach, your experience is unique, so I offer what's best for you with compassion and healing at the core. I believe in the power of therapy and have witnessed how this process can enhance life on many levels. 

Throughout our time together, you have the choice to dip in and out from talking therapy to mindfulness, and creativity, or by using EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) to tune into these uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, or troubling memories, where anxiety lessens, and healing and relief can be found.

My self-awareness, knowledge, and skills have developed throughout my clinical practice, and I am fully trained, inclusive, well-informed, and I make a regular commitment to continual professional development as there is always more to learn. 

I have an Accredited BACP Membership evidencing a higher standard as a competent, ethical, and inclusive Practitioner. I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice and the BACP's Online and Phone Therapy (OPT) competence framework and I hold full professional indemnity and public liability insurance and have an up-to-date DBS certificate.

Before working as a Counsellor, my background was in the education sector, mainly in secondary school settings.

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

My free telephone or online sessions are 30 minutes.

I'm afraid I am unable to offer a concessionary rate at present.

When I work

I currently have availability. Please email me to enquire as availability can change.

Further information

I am very happy to answer any questions via phone or email and if you leave a message, I will respond once I become available during office hours.

St Albans, Herts, AL2

Radlett, Hertfordshire, WD7

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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I have a dedicated room with its own access - it is a downstairs room, with one small step over the threshold. Unfortunately, the toilet is too narrow to access via a wheelchair.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Microsoft Teams

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