A little bit about Me
Hello, my name is Michelle.
I am a registered Therapist. Within my therapeutic work I specialise in supporting adults, children and young people whom seek emotional support due to bereavement, grief and loss.
The foundation of my therapeutic work is Person Centred, however, I consider myself to be an Integrative Therapist, which means that use my knowledge and training in a number of different theories to meet the needs of each client that I work with.
I have training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Life Coaching, Transactional Analysis, Bereavement, and working with LGBT people.
In addition, I hold a Diploma in counselling children and adolescents and a Level four certificate in counselling children.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and at all times I endeavour to work within their ethical framework.
My own motivation to become a Counsellor, began many years ago as I began to work with individuals who were experiencing panic attacks or who were suffering from an anxiety disorder. My continued work within that area drove my passion to study further, gaining my qualification as a Therapeutic Counsellor and then going onto further study gaining my BSc honours Degree. I have gone onto work with clients with a range of emotional or mental health issues.
The creation of this service 'My Goodbye' came after I experienced the sudden loss of my stepfather. He had been the father figure throughout my life, supporting me through many of my major milestones and decisions. I was shocked at the impact his death had on my life and how it impacted our family.
The impact from experiencing this loss, enabled me to see that I would like to offer emotional support to others experiencing confusing feelings relating to an impending bereavement, or who have experienced a bereavement or whom are looking for emotional support after receiving a terminal diagnosis. I knew that I had found an area of therapy that I would like to specialise in and use my therapeutic knowledge together with my own life experiences to support others through their own journey.
Initially, I looked for a placement that could offer me exclusive work with bereavement and grief, I worked on placement at Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope in West Yorkshire, working with adult clients who faced losing a loved one or had lost their loved one. I also worked with clients who had faced the uncertainty of a terminal diagnosis and provided emotional support to them and their families during their last twelve months of life.
I feel huge empathy for anyone who finds themselves facing this difficult journey and I want to support others who may be facing a challenging goodbye of their own.
I still work at the hospice as a counsellor to children and young people and I still see adult clients too in addition to my private work.
My continued choice to specialise in this area enhances my private practice here at My Goodbye, as the majority of my therapeutic work is with Bereavement, grief and loss.
I specialise in emotionally supporting people at this difficult time.
I look forward to meeting you and offering support where I can.