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Michelle was born and raised in South Africa and after spending 4 years in the USA she moved to the UK in 2004.
She has always had an interest in teaching, training and equipping people and found opportunities throughout her working life across various spheres to do this.
She has worked clinically in the NHS as a Speech and Language therapist for over 17 years, supporting adult patients and their families as they adjust to life changing and life-threatening conditions. Between her NHS role and leading a women’s mentorship programme in her Church, she found herself frequently in a “helping and counselling role” and decided that further training in how to be a good listener was needed. After doing the Level 2 Counselling Skills course she was hooked and decided to continue to Diploma Level.
She trained as a counsellor because she is passionate about working and journeying with people as they face life’s challenges and discover the capacity within themselves to overcome. She has compassion for people and endeavours to help in tangible ways to bring hope for change and enable them to gain a new perspective of their situation. This passion for supporting people to develop, succeed and thrive is something she carries into her role as a counsellor, as a counselling tutor and as clinician in the NHS.
Having completed Level 2, Level 3 and gained her Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Spurgeon’s she saw it as an amazing opportunity to join the counselling faculty that so effectively and supportively equipped her to be a counsellor.
After working in a local counselling agency for a while Michelle started her private practice. She is a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Counsellor.
Michelle enjoys walking, being outdoors and travelling to new places so combining these activities leads to many adventurous walking holidays with family and friends.