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Michelle Hayes

MA (merit) in Relationship Therapy

Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

Member of the Accredited Register of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherpists (BACP)

I am sorry - I am not taking any new clients at present.

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Experienced Relationship Counsellor

Relationships, whether past, present or future, whether with romantic partners, wider family, or work colleagues, are central to our lives. Clients come to me when some of these relationships become problematic in their lives. Issues can range from becoming stuck in poor communication patterns, or trying to overcome the legacy of difficult family experiences in childhood, to managing change and transitions, the impact of divorce and separation, and many things in between.
I work with individuals, couples and families. I am also a qualified young people's counsellor. See below for more information about how I work with young people under 17.
I am trained in a counselling approach that integrates systemic and
psychodynamic theory, but I am
constantly learning and adding to this
basic formation so that I am able to
respond to you in the way that feels
appropriate to your needs.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and
Psychotherapists (registration number 224536). This means that you can be sure of my eligibility to practice, of the standing of my training, and of an ethical framework underpinning  my work.

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I will listen. I will give you space to explore. I will not judge you. I may challenge you from time to time. This helps you to look at things from different perspectives. If I think that you would benefit from different support I will say so.

People come to counselling for many reasons. Some are in crisis; some seek to improve their lives or their sense of well-being; some come because they have an issue which is disturbing them, or an addiction; others come because they’re looking for a secure and confidential place to talk about their problems. Whatever the reason, counselling is not always an easy process. Tears are not uncommon in a counselling room. In the short term, counselling may be upsetting,

but in the long-term the chances are you

will leave the process happier and



If you are coming for relationship

counselling there will be sessions when

you are together with your partner or

other family members, and some when

you attend individually. When I work with

a young person I sometimes invite other

family members into a session, with the

agreement of the young person. All

sessions are confidential, but you can

expect me to break confidentiality if

something emerges that means that

anyone is at risk of harm and we can't

manage that risk together.


If your sessions with me are via Zoom or telephone we will probably be speaking to one another from our homes. You will

need to make sure that you are in a space

where you are comfortable, will not be

distracted, and feel that you can speak

freely and confidentially. I will do the



Face to face sessions are usually offered from my home. Please arrive at the time that we have agreed. I have no waiting

area and manage times to ensure privacy

for all my clients as they arrive for, leave

after, and are in, sessions.


If you have booked walk and talk

sessions we will agree how you would

like me to manage situations where we

may bump into others.


You have the right to expect your counsellor to adhere to high professional standards. As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I am governed by a code of ethics (contained in the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy) which sets down the values, principles and

personal moral qualities required in my

practice. The fundamental values of

counselling and psychotherapy are:

·       Respecting human rights and dignity

·       Ensuring integrity of practitioner-client relationships

·       Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application

·       Alleviating personal distress and suffering

·       Fostering a sense of self that is meaningful to the persons concerned

·       Increasing personal effectiveness

·       Enhancing the quality of relationships between people

·       Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture

·       Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counselling and psychotherapy services

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Esther Perel

The quality of your life ultimately depends on the quality of your relationships.

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Sessions available online, or face to face in West Dorset and South Somerset.
Individuals - from £45
Couples - from £55
Family counselling - from £65
Outdoor 'walk and talk' - £55
Prices shown are per therapeutic hour, i.e. 50 minutes
Longer sessions can be available.
I am sometimes able to give discounted sessions. Please ask.

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