The energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard & valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
It is normal for people to experience periods of low mood, anxiety or stress, sadness as reactions to life events. It is often when these feelings are prolonged or are impacting our day-to-day lives and how we function that we may want to consider getting some help in the form of counselling.
Psychotherapy can help with a wide range of difficulties, often providing a sense of relief, hope and insight. It provides a unique opportunity to talk about any anxieties, concerns, unhappiness, symptoms, or traumas in complete privacy. It isn't always easy talking to the people close to us, to express we are struggling; we can often feel like we are burdening them with our problems or perhaps we feel we have to sensor what we say. Therapy provides a safe space to talk freely.
It is not my role to analyse or advise; my role is to sit alongside you and help you make sense of what is happening for you, to help you gain insight and understanding. Therapy can be tough at times and requires work, it is not a passive treatment like surgery or medication. Whilst it can sometimes be challenging, the insight and self-awareness that comes from the process can have positive, long lasting effects.
Psychotherapy can be time-limited or last a long time depending on what you need/want from the process.
A Qualified Professional Here to Guide You
Michelle Morley: BA (Hons), PGDip, MBACP.
I have a degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a postgraduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and have been a practicing therapist since 2017. Being an Integrative Psychotherapist means I can use my training in a variety of psycho-therapeutic models to best meet the needs of my clients. In addition to my qualifications I bring a wealth of life experience to my practice including those relating to my own personal challenges.
I have a firm belief that the client-therapist relationship is a key contributing factor to the success of therapy. Through the relationship we build you will experience a confidential, safe, non-judgmental space in which to find ways of better understanding yourself and to enable you to positively enhance your life.
I do not take for granted the courage it takes to reach out and find support. I have sat in the client chair too.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and practice according to their ethical framework including their guidance for working online. I am registered with the ICO and am GDPR compliant. I hold professional indemity insurance and attend monthly supervison.
I provide counselling from Barrowford, Lancashire.
EXPERIENCE & TRAINING
I work in private practice and as an associate counsellor for Employment Assistance Programmes (EAP’s).
I work successfully with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues & significant life transitions (e.g., career, university, menopause, retirement). I do not work with children but can recommend specialists in that field.
I have a specialist interest in Bereavement, Grief & Loss. I completed my clinical placement at a local Hospice where I supported bereaved individuals and I work as an associate for a specialist bereavement EAP. I also work for GriefChat, an online chat support. I have additonal training supporting parents after the loss of a pregnancy or infant death.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an increased demand for grief counselling/bereavement support, the challenges & circumstances that bereaved people are facing at the moment are extraordinary. If you are struggling with a bereavement and are looking for support from a professional with experience working in this area, please get in touch.
Working with Complicated Grief
Supporting Young People After a Sudden Death or Trauma
Supporting Parents Following a Pregnancy Loss or Death of a Baby
Introduction to working with couples (IMAGO)
Youth Mental Health First Aid
ASIST Suicide Prevention Training
Child Sexual Exploitation
Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery
Forced Marriage and FGM
1:1 therapy is available for adults and young people (16+).
Sessions are typically held on a weekly basis (unless otherwise agreed) each lasting for 50 minutes.
I offer a free initial consultation (30 minutes). This is an opportunity to meet and discuss what brings you to therapy. It is also a chance for you to decide if you feel comfortable enough to begin working with me . You are under no obligation to book further sessions, if you do decide to engage in counselling, my fees are as follows:
U25's - £35
Adults - £45
Trainee Counsellors - £25
COVID-19: All sessions are currently being delivered online via video call.
Confidentiality & Data
I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Register of Data Controllers (ICO) registration number: ZA861725 and as such I am required to be transparent about how and why personal data is gathered, recorded, stored, how and when it is deleted.
When you contact me via email, mobile/text or telephone your contact details will be stored electronically, either on a PC or mobile phone. For the purposes of anonymity your mobile contact details are stored under an identifier code known only to me. Your full name will not be stored against your number. Your contact details will be used in order to: arrange an initial consultation; bookings; manage communications around scheduled appointments and for video call sessions. Your details will be kept for the duration of our work together. This contact information will then be deleted a month after we have finished working together. During your initial consultation I will ask you to read and sign a counselling contract, I will also ask you to complete a referral summary form containing your contact information along with your details and doctors telephone number.
Storing your personal information
All personal information is stored on a password protected PC and session notes are stored in a locked cabinet. You are not identified by name in session notes. Notes are retained for the legal requirement of 7 years after which time will be shredded.
All sessions will be conducted in confidence, the date, session number and brief notes will be documented.
Confidentiality, in accordance with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR), will be maintained and applied to all records with the exception of the following:
When you have given your permission to share information. When compelled to give evidence by a court of law Safeguarding adults (adult protection) Safeguarding children (child protection) Offences involving children under the age of 18. In cases of terrorism, fraud or money laundering.
You can contact me via email: or by phone or text: 07803905941. This communication will be deleted a month after we finish working together.
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