What is counselling?
Counselling provides an opportunity to explore the things that are creating difficulties in your life with a trained professional, in a safe and confidential space. This private space is separate from your daily life and an opportunity for you to speak openly.
Counselling helps you identify your strengths and resources, regardless of your age or circumstances, to manage your current difficulties and realise your full potential.
During our session, I will offer you an understanding and a feeling of being listened to, valued and accepted in a non-judgmental way. There is no pressure on you and I'm not here to tell you what to do. Instead, as a counsellor, my aim is to help you find your own answers.
For some this will be a relatively short process, for others, longer term work. Depending on your individual requirements, together we will find a pace that’s suitable to you.
There are many reasons why you might wish to seek counselling. Some of these could include:
My name is Michele Palmer and I studied at the Wealden Institute in 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 plain speech, this just means that I believe that the relationship created in the counselling room is essential to my work. Through attentive listening to you, my client, I will provide full acceptance. From this base, we will explore how you want to raise your awareness and/or 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.
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