Michele Palmer, Dip. Couns. MBACP
I studied at the Wealden Institute, Crowborough, completing my Certificate in Counselling in 2011 and my Diploma in 2014.
My training is based on the Humanistic Integrative approach. Consequently, my practice is rooted in Person Centred theory with some input of Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Egan solution focused framework.
In clear speech, this means that I believe that the relationship created in the counselling room is essential to my work. Through attentive listening of my client, I will provide full acceptance. From this base, we will explore how you want to raise your awareness or/and change things in your life. The most important thing for me as a counsellor is that I try to see the world through my client's eyes and that I treat each client as the individual they are.
I gained experience through placements in the IAPT service in the NHS and a Sure Start Children’s Centre. In these two placements, I dealt with bereavement, loss, self-esteem, sense of self, abuse, domestic violence, parenting issues, relationships in general, stress, post-natal depression and impact of cultural difference. I was also a volunteer in The Hub in Tunbridge Wells where I saw individuals and also helped running a group.
I am a registered member of British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework. I have regular supervision. My practice is non-judgemental, irrespective of your age, nationality, religion, gender or sexual orientation.