B.A. Ord Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (IICP College, Dublin)
Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PCI College, Dublin)
Michelle is a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist and Counsellor. She is a pre-accredited member of IACP and works in accordance with their ethics and guidelines. Michelle’s background, as a Social Care Worker within the homeless sector, has given her a great insight into levels of human suffering, resilience and empathy, particularly in the areas of mental health, trauma and stigma. She is a keen advocate for diversity and in 2011 founded the Citi Pride LGBT network before being appointed to the Diversity Steering Committee at Citibank in 2013.
Michelle has recently moved from a community-based counselling service in West Dublin and is now available to meet clients in her practice at City Therapy on Dame Street. Michelle provides a calm and confidential setting in which her clients can feel safe enough to begin to explore the presenting issues that are of concern to them. She works collaboratively and empathically with adult individuals on a one-to-one basis.
Her work is aimed at raising self-understanding and awareness so that, ultimately, life choices can be made from a position of increased personal insight. The therapeutic relationship that unfolds between her and the client is integral to the process.
Michelle’s approach is both humanistic and integrative. Humanistic means she holds in mind that everyone can develop their own potential and move towards a life of greater satisfaction and fulfilment.
Michelle’s practice and interest as an integrative therapist is to work in a way that suits the client’s needs by moving between a number of different theories such as attachment, T.A., person-centred, existential, object relations, psychodynamic or sensorimotor approaches.
Utilising Psychodynamics, she can help her clients explore their earliest childhood relationships and how these impact upon their present difficulties. Alongside looking at the past she also looks at present, repeated patterns of thinking and belief that may cause the client to be unable to move forward. She believes in building a strong relationship between the therapist and the client, providing an open and confidential environment and finding the most appropriate way of working with them as individuals.
Humanistic and Integrative, Existential, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Michelle is experienced at working with:
Childhood neglect, abuse or trauma
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Depression & Self Esteem
Gender Identity & Sexuality
Bereavement, Grief and Loss
Stress and workplace stress
Disabilities and Chronic / Terminal Illness