Meet Michelle de Young (FdSc, MBACP)
I believe we are all capable of change at any time of our lives, if the motivation is strong enough. After several unsuccessful relationships and a general feeling of dissatisfaction with myself and my life, I started to wonder if the problems might be something I was creating, and I decided to finally seek help.
After a few false starts with other therapists I had tried, from the moment I walked in to my current counsellor’s room, I knew I had found someone who really understood what my challenges were.
In the past, I've experienced panic attacks, anxiety, depression, OCD and also had issues with food, shopping, chocolate and exercise, the list goes on. My counsellor helped me gain insight and we worked together to explore where these behaviours had come from, raising awareness of how they were impacting me in the here and now. I also discovered tools and techniques to help me cope and manage my feelings in a healthier way. I still work with her today as I believe there is always more to learn.
Under her care and guidance, I began my life changing journey and as my awareness grew, I started to adjust some of my unhealthy habits. My life now is very different to how it was. I feel more joy, less pain, more connected. I like and accept myself which means I have more to offer others, which was my catalyst to retrain as a therapist. It can sometimes take time, but my hope is that, together, we can do the same for you.
My Training and Experience
FdSc Humanistic Counselling & Psychotherapy (Merit), University of Greenwich
NCFE Levels 1-3 Counselling
NCFE Certificate Therapeutic Coaching (on-going)
NHS Youth Counselling Service (young adults 12-24 yrs old)
NHS IAPT ThinkAction (adults 18+)
I have worked as a Samaritan and for FamilyLine as a Telephone Counsellor
I am committed to ongoing training and personal development and regularly attend workshops and training programmes
I am a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)