“Your Visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes” – Carl Rogers
“We think we listen, but rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” – Carl Rogers.
Hi I am Michaela and I am a Qualified Therapeutic Counsellor who works with Adults, Children and Young People in an Integrative way, which means I combine different counselling theories to meet the individual need of the client.
I am able to offer a non judgemental, confidential and safe environment allowing Adults and Children the space they need to be listened to. Life often takes us in different directions and can sometimes feel confusing and hard to make sense of.
I offer a space to explore these thoughts and feelings, through talk or play therapy which can help when feeling anxious, depressed have low self esteem or feeling generally unsettled.
Life experiences can cause us to have many ups and downs in our thoughts and feelings and through these times we can often feel overwhelmed and anxious by the simple tasks in life. Sometimes we can be full of so many emotions that we cannot make sense of any of them, and so Counselling can help to explore these and where they may come from.
We can walk together along this path to unravel these mixed emotions and feelings and help you move forward in your life.
It is interesting how connections from past can present to us in the here and now, and so I am here to sit with you without judgement but to listen with empathy.
My past experiences include working for 3 years in a Mental health hospital as a Health care Assistant, supporting adults and adolescents which is where my passion for Counselling began. Having spent many nights sitting, listening and just being present in that moment for the patients during their lowest times made a difference and I knew then that my path needed to change and so my training began.
I have also worked with Young Carers in Schools and as a Mentor with Children and Young people for the last 6 years, and therefore understand the challenges they experience as they navigate through their childhood years.
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- NCS Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- NCS Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
- NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
- NCPS Certificate (Level 5 equivalent) Advanced Specialist working with Children and Young People
- Safeguarding for Counsellors
- CPD – As a commitment to my ongoing learning and ethical
- practice I undertake regular training
How will this work
Once you make contact with me I will arrange an initial telephone assessment which will be free for up to 30 minutes. It will give us a chance to speak and for me to find out a little more about your reason to come to Counselling and your expectations. If you feel comfortable to work with me then we can arrange a mutual day and time each week for us to meet face to face, online via Zoom or telephone.
Who I work with
Adults/Children and Young People
Sessions are 50 minutes
£40.00 – online In Person – £45.00 (Mayland) – £55.00 (Benfleet)
Length of sessions
This will depend on an individuals own needs, some have short term and some long term session there is no set time.
Sessions can be cancelled up to 24 hours before without charge. Cancellations within 24 hours of the agreed time will be charged at the full session fee.
I am a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work within their professional code of conduct and ethical practice regarding confidentiality. Therefore, what we discuss is confidential unless you tell me something that suggests there could be a serious risk of harm to you or others then I will need to breach that confidentiality.