A little bit about Me
My name is Michelle and I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor with a BSc (hons) degree in counselling as well as a level 4 diploma. I specialise within my private practice by supporting adults, children and young people through 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 Analysys, Bereavement, and working with LGBT people.
In addition, I hold a Dilpoma in counselling children and adolesents and a Level four certificate in counselling children, I can work therapeutically with children from the age of four.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and at all times I endevour to work within their ethical framework.
My own interest in becoming a Counsellor, began many years ago as I began to work with individuals who were experiencing an panic symptoms or an anxiety disorder.. My work drove my passion to study and qualify as a therapeutic counsellor where I have gone onto work with clients with a range of emotional or mental health issues.
My motivation to create the 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. He had always believed in my ability to become a Therapeutic Counsellor.
I was shocked at the impact his death had on my life and how it impacted our family. Everything changed.
The impact it had on me, enabled me to see that I would like to offer emotional support to others experiencing confusing feelings relating to an impending bereavement, have experienced a bereavement or whom are looking for emotional support after recieving a terminal diagnosis. I knew that I had found an area of therapy that I would like to specialise in and use both the therapeutic skills and life experience that I have to support others.
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 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 continue to volunteer my time at the hospice with adult clients, however I have since been employed too on a part time basis as their Children's Counsellor.
My work there 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.