About Me

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I work collaboratively with clients and believe that the therapeutic relationship is vital in working through difficulties you might be facing. Our dialogue will be open and collaborative as we talk about where you want to be in your life and how we can work together to progress towards this, and what will allow the most insight and learning to happen. You can expect an empathic and non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts and feelings about the past, present, and future. Some of the issues I’ve worked with include:

  • low self-esteem

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • grief

  • identity exploration

  • difficult relationships

  • family dynamics

  • coping with stress, and

  • trauma

I have a strong commitment to intersectionality and aim to work from an anti-oppressive position. My Pluralistic approach considers the impact of societal systems and the intersections of cultural background and identity with emotional and mental wellbeing. I strive to practice in an identity-affirming way and actively understand that different identities and lived experience will shape how we experience the world.

​I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (#384236) and work according to their ethical standards. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London and have done further workshops on topics including:

  • Working with bereavement and complex grief

  • Ways to support autistic clients

  • Play and creative therapy

  • Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse

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I am committed to my own personal and professional development, which I achieve through courses and workshops, reading, discussion groups, and my own reflective practice. I have also been in personal therapy at several points in my life, so understand both the benefits and challenges it can bring.

I’ve worked for over a decade in the charity and voluntary sector in various roles with children, young people, refugees and asylum seekers. I therefore have a distinct understanding of the difficulties and pressures involved in this work. I have also supported grassroots community and campaign groups with strategy development, understanding power dynamics in their groups, internal conflicts, wellbeing and burnout.

London, England, UK      |       hello@michelektherapy.com       |       07735 887 704

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