At Michelle Tovey Therapy, I am a qualified counsellor and member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and AIP (Association of Independent Practitioners). I adhere to a strict code of ethics and guidelines set out by the BACP, which includes me receiving regular clinical supervision. In addition, I am on the NHS register of practitioners, approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I did my initial training with a highly respected organisation that works with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This saw me practising integratively, though I initially did my training in person centred therapy. However, it is in the roots of psychoanalytical psychotherapy where I find my interests lying in my current practice.
In 2016 I developed a 12 week therapeutic course that works with people who have experienced domestic abuse and substance misuse issues. The course is a 12 week pattern changing course, designed to help survivors of abusive relationships enter into recovery for both substances and relationships. I currently deliver the pattern changing programme at a rehabilitation treatment centre in North Somerset.
Professional development is important to me. I feel it enlightens me personally in addition to developing me within my professional field. So, after achieving my Diploma in Therapeutic Practice I went on to study 'The Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy' at The University of the West of England. I have also recently completed some training with the London based Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, concentrating on the "stuck couple". These are couples who try to manage their disappointments within the relationship themselves, but who often end up blaming one another and remain in conflict with each other. In addition to this, I am a qualified Freedom Programme facilitator (see The Freedom Programme feature on this site
) - this programme looks at abusive relationships and their impact. My future journey will include more intensive study with couples in therapy and eventually further professional qualifications in psychoanalytical psychotherapy.
I have worked in the addictions field, both for a large South West addictions agency and in a rehabilitation centre in the South West. I am proficient in both the 'Cycle of Change' and '12 Step' therapy models.