My Approach

I would describe myself as an open, respectful, kind, compassionate, non-judgemental and professional therapist. 

In terms of my therapeutic approach, I integrate two approaches: psychodynamic and person-centred. This simply means that I try to understand the foundation to your issues, by exploring these with you, to enable you to gain perspective on the things that trouble you; alongside this, I listen and engage collaboratively with you, with the view that everyone is different - your experiences are unique and you are the 'expert' on your life. 

So, we can spend time looking at issues you bring to therapy, which might include relationships with others and with yourself; you might struggle with your feelings, or how your thoughts affect your day to day behaviour. For example, a person could be low, depressed, or isolated; they might even be self-harming - and these could be the 'visible' signs of how they are feeling or coping with an underlying issue - such as a fear of 'coming out', being bullied, anxiety about exams, or experiencing a disconnect between their external body and their internally 'felt' gender. We are all complex beings and each individual's experience is unique. 

If I were a dentist, or a gardener, I could probably show you some 'before and after' photographs and provide testimonials from satisfied clients - but I can't do that and I can't make promises to you either. I can let you know that I have been given feedback that I am an insightful, caring, intuitive therapist, who is curious, without being intrusive and sensitive, while not shying away from clients' distressing experiences.

You need to feel that you can talk to, and trust, your therapist, so please feel free to email me for an initial inquiry, without obligation: info@michellemillercounselling.com

 

What happens in a therapy session?

We talk. You talk. I talk. Sometimes we are quiet.

You can also draw or use the sand tray, as a way to express what you think or feel. 


I work in lovely rooms, with plenty of space and light. And comfortable chairs. 

We will meet up for an initial assessment session, where I aim to gain an idea of your concerns. In this first meeting, I will explain how I work and you can get a chance to see if I am 'right for you'. If you are a child under 13, I usually request to meet together with your parent/s or carers. You won't be accompanied by your parents or carers once we start our sessions but we can spend the last ten minutes of a session talking to your parents or carers, if you feel this would be helpful. 

The sessions last for 50 minutes and the time will belong to you. So, I will be there to meet you, even if you are late. If you are late (Cambridge traffic!), we will meet for the length of time left of the session.

This is a 'talking therapy', so we will spend time talking and in doing so, you will enable me to understand the things that trouble you, or perhaps things that you want to do differently. You are the 'expert' in your life and you know yourself best. My role is to listen and to 'hear' you, and to try to understand your experiences. Then, we can work together to enable you to feel better about things. 


I typically see people for about 6 to 12 sessions; this will be discussed at the start of therapy and reviewed as we continue.

 

Professional Memberships

  • BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Registration Number 342363

  • BPS - The British Psychological Society. Graduate Member Status and GBC. 

  • HCPC - Health and Care Professions Council. Registration Number SW125320

 

Education and Further training

Education

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - City University. From September 2019

  • MEd in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling, with Distinction. University of Cambridge 

  • PG Diploma in Counselling. University of Cambridge

  • BSocSc Social Work Honours. University of Cape Town

  • BSocSc Psychology and Social Work. University of Cape Town 


Further Training 

I aim to deepen my understanding of particular subject and issues, via continued learning, which informs my core practice.

  • Interpersonal Therapy for Depressed Adolescents - Anna Freud

  • Families and Beyond: An Introduction to Systemic Thinking- Tavistock and Portman

  • Self-harm - The Association for Psychological Therapies 

  • Self-Harming Clients in Psychotherapy - CONFER

  • Working with Complex Trauma - NScience

  • Working Alongside Trans, Gender Diverse & Questioning People - Gendered Intelligence

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Open University

  • Gender Variant Children and Trans Adolescents - GIRES

  • Queering Psychotherapy - CONFER

  • Gender Identities - Pink Therapy CPD

  • Coming Out - Pink Therapy CPD

  • Nutritional Intervention for Eating Disorders - National Centre for Eating Disorders

  • Training clinicians in Eating Disorders - Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, Australia. 

  • Advanced Therapeutic Techniques using Attachment Theory - NScience

  • Child Protection - Level 3 - EduCare

 

michelle miller counselling

psychotherapeutic counsellor MBACP