My name is Michelle Carpenter. I am a fully qualified humanistic/integrative counsellor working from my own private practice in Bournemouth and within easy reach of Poole and Christchurch in Dorset. I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) (MBACP) I have full professional and indemnity insurance and an up to date CRB certificate. Thank you for visiting my website and I hope you have found everything you need to know. Please do get in touch with any further questions you may have. Choosing a counsellor to work with can be tricky. Let me tell you a little bit about me to see if I am the right person to help you.
Before working as a counsellor I spent 15 years working in Dorset for the emergency services. Within this setting I gained a Level 3 BTEC in TRIM (Trauma Risk Incident Management) This enabled me to assess and support work colleagues who had been exposed to incidents involving stress and trauma. I have experience of working with people who are vulnerable, isolated and are affected by common mental health problems. I have worked closely with people affected by drug and alcohol abuse and longer term issues such as homelessness and criminality.
I have the experience to truly listen and understand a person who may be in crisis or who may be showing signs of vulnerability and the need for support. My previous role working in front-line services always required a calm response in a moment of crisis. When I was working with people and situations in uncertain circumstances it highlighted the importance of remaining non judgmental about any problem or situation. Throughout my career I have gained invaluable experience in difference and diversity with people, lifestyles and behaviours. Understanding a persons thoughts and behaviours are more than just what can be seen from the outside. As a trained counsellor I am able to offer to my clients the understanding they may feel they have never had.
I have worked as a Crisis Support Work at the Shores (SARC - Sexual Assault Referral Centre). My role was to look after clients who were reporting sexual assault or rape. I worked alongside clients during their time at the SARC including assessment , examination and referral process.
I have also worked with young people and adults in partnership with the Princes Trust. As a development coach I have worked alongside a group of young people aged 16-25. Each member of the group presented with a variety of issues including behavioural, mental and emotional challenges. This work really emphasised the importance of developing strong working relationships with people based on honesty, trust and non judgement.
My passion for working with people and understanding different types of behaviour/mental illness drew me towards studying for my counselling diploma. I am now in a position to work one to one with clients in private practice enabling clients to work to their own agenda with a practitioner they can trust and connect with.
In addition to working from my own private practice as a counsellor I also work as a group fitness instructor for BH Live and as a freelance Personal Trainer. My passion for health and fitness started 15 years ago. The importance of staying fit and well in order to live the fullest life had always been a very important part of my daily routine. After finding my passion in running I joined a local running club. This inspired me in many ways and I entered a local marathon. I very quickly connected my running to a complete mind and body experience and realised the essential part it played to motivation, confidence and positive thinking.
I decided I wanted to share that passion for health and fitness with others and decided to qualify as a fitness instructor. Meeting people of all ages and abilities in a fitness environment is truly rewarding and I have the pleasure of doing it everyday. Recognising a persons true potential and supporting that progression is invaluable. I love running and I have found a fundamental part of staying injury free has been Pilates.
Pilates is a unique connection of body and mind and helps clients become more aware of their own body, breathing and posture. I work from my own private gym in Bournemouth. If you would like a personal trainer who understands your uniqueness and can help you work towards a new you please get in touch with me for an introductory session.