My Approach

When considering counselling, choosing someone you feel comfortable with and who has the right approach and skills to help you is really important. 

As a qualified teacher and counsellor, with over 5 years spent in therapeutic work in schools, colleges, housing and mental health settings, I bring a broad range of experience and knowledge to my work, as well as a non-judgemental attitude and a professional, but friendly approach, suited to both adults and children.

I work together with my clients, to develop a clear understanding of their situation, how it's affecting them and what they want to do. I may use different counselling approaches, depending on what is best-suited to the client’s needs (this is called an Integrative approach).

The benefits of using my service are that I can offer you some time and space to explore any concerns you may have, with someone who can listen without judging. This can help us both to understand your situation and what you would like to get out of counselling. Hopefully, this should enable you to deal with difficult situations in the most helpful way. Sometimes this is achieved by exploring new ways of thinking, feeling of behaving (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)               

I am happy to employ creative methods where appropriate- I have puppets, sand tray, art materials or stories and these are particularly useful when working with any client who finds it difficult to express their feelings verbally and very popular with younger clients. 

Some recent testimonials: 

'Just a quick email to say that our daughter has today completed her first full term in school.We are extremely grateful for the positive impact you have had on her wellbeing'. Parent, Jan 2018

'I started having counselling with Michelle at an extremely low point in my life. I had been signed off work with depression that had been ongoing for years, but had become unmanageable. Counselling with Michelle really turned things around for me. It gave me the opportunity that I needed to talk about my problems, and she taught me useful skills to use when I am feeling low. I don't know where I would be now had I not had counselling with Michelle; it's had such a positive impact on every aspect of my life.' Client, May 2017

‘I had 5 counselling sessions with Michelle after a traumatic few years trying to deal with grief and not wanting any help, thinking how can a counsellor help me….Well, eventually I booked with Michelle, she was brilliant, she listened to everything and made me think differently and taught me how to turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts and no, it doesn’t happen overnight but with time things can and will get better. I’m saying this from my personal experience of my sessions with Michelle. I’m doing well now, but if I need to see her again, I will definitely not leave things to escalate.’ Client, Sept. 2016