I am an experienced and Accredited integrative counsellor, offering warm, empathetic and confidential counselling to individual clients.
I work with a wide range of people who are experiencing problems, and I believe that counselling can help you to understand what is going on for you, to feel clearer about what you need and what you want.
Counselling with Michelle Strange
Counselling can be focussed and shorter term, or address long-standing issues over a longer time-frame. I believe that can help to talk things through with a trained person, and have a safe space to explore what may be happening in your life. Sometimes we will look at past events to help us to understand the present.
The work is collaborative and arises out of an equal relationship between therapist and client: I do not use a couch, make diagnoses, judge you or advise you how to do things. Counselling can help you to understand your life and relationships, and draw upon your own resources to find a way through.
For further information about how I work, and how counselling may help you, please visit my personal website www.michellestrange.co.uk
Areas I work with:
- Anxiety and panic
- Bereavement and grief
- Family Issues
- Gender and Sexual Diversity
- living with disability, long-term health problems, or terminal illness
- Parenting/ step parenting
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse in Childhood
- Sexuality and Sexual issues
- Work related issues
Qualifications, Training and Experience:
I am an accredited Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and fully comply with its Ethical Framework. I hold a Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Mary Ward Centre, and have undertaken further training in integrative counselling and contemporary psychotherapy at the Minster Centre. My work is relational, drawing particularly on humanistic, psychodynamic and contemporary attachment theories. I have extensive experience of mindfulness practice, MBCT/MBSR, and mindfulness training courses, which support an attitude of openness and curiosity in my counselling work. I am also supported by ongoing personal supervision and further professional training.
In addition to my work in Islington, I have a private practice in Stoke Newington, N16, and provide counselling and assessments of individual clients’ needs at a community bereavement agency. Over the years I have provided counselling/psychotherapy in 2 community-based counselling agencies, a longer-term NHS psychotherapy service, and in short-term, focussed counselling services for staff and students in a London university. I also teach secular mindfulness meditation drop-in classes in a community setting in Islington.
I lived in several places and countries, before settling in North London with my family. I am a mother. I have a BA in Jurisprudence (Law) from Oxford University, and before re-training as a counsellor I had a long career as a barrister, specialising in human rights, criminal and mental health law. I was inspired to become a counsellor by my own very positive experience of being a client in long-term therapy, which made lasting changes to how I saw and felt about my life.
I have been working with clients as a counsellor since 2010.
I am happy to be contacted by email or telephone, to answer any questions you might have, and set up an initial meeting.
I charge £70 per 50 minute session for individuals
I have a limited number of low-cost places for people on low incomes.
I am recognised as a fees assured healthcare provider by both Bupa and Vitality health insurance companies.