Hello I am Michelle, and thank you for wanting to know more about the therapy I offer. Please don’t be put off by my lengthy profile as getting the right therapist is important, and if you have come this far I would always recommend you read through and contact me should you have any questions.
I am a qualified therapist working in private practice in the Central Bristol and North Somerset area. The chances are that if you are seeking a therapist you may have feelings of sadness, anxiety, stuckness, numbness, dissatisfaction in one or more areas of your life or have good awareness but you are unsure on how to move forward. I can help you within these areas and many more.
I work with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in long term therapy and many types of abuse/abandonment/childhood neglect and relationship issues as a result. I provide therapy for Children of Alcoholics and addicts, and adult children who still have unresolved parental and childhood issues included Domestic Abuse. These types of unexplored issues can cause depression, general anxiety and issues within current relationships to name but a few. I provide the right conditions so that we can safely explore these issues, to move towards a more satisfying outcome for yourself.
I also work with couples who are experiencing a ‘stuckness’ in their relationship, or have difficulty in moving past certain issues. Including couples counselling and individuals who are experiencing low self-esteem issues as a result of communication or relational breakdowns. It might be that you repeatedly end up with the same type of relationships, or you are struggling in maintaining current relationships. Either way I can work with relationship issues that are inter-personal and familial.
I have solid experience of addictions work, both using the cycle of change model and the 12 steps model. I can provide short term therapy that is up to 6 sessions with a review or longer term therapy for clients who are needing more time and space to work upon their experiences, and this is available for individuals or couples counselling.
I have solid experience of teaching and developing workshops for groups in the field of addiction and domestic abuse. I have written and facilitate groups for women and men who have been caught in the cycle of unhealthy and abusive relationships coupled with substance misuse. I delivered these workshops to individuals in rehabilitation treatment within the North Somerset area. The workshops are pattern changing and break the cycle of entering and being in, unhealthy and abusive relationships. It can be an excellent tool to support recovery for individuals experiencing the ‘stuckness’ of these cycles. I developed the programme based on my experience as a Freedom programme trained facilitator working with The Freedom programme and multiple rehabilitation centres.
I am committed to personal and professional development and attend many workshops, training courses and seminars so that I can work in the most enlightened and professional way. I have been a member of BACP since 2005 and adhere to a strict code of ethics within my practice.
Fees: £45 individuals or £60.00 Couples
Concessions apply for unwaged and students.
Michelle Tovey Dip Cllg MBACP