Michelle Rutherford

Person Centred and Emotion Focused Counsellor

Michelle offers sessions by phone and online via Zoom.

Michelle is a psychological wellbeing, person-centred  humanistic counsellor and an emotion-focused therapist.  She is also a certified counsellor for children and young people.

Difficulties in life can disrupt how we relate in other areas of our life (relationships, home, school, university and work) and seeking counselling can be a daunting yet empowering first step for you to take.

With you always in mind as the expert in your own life, Michelle will help and support you inclusively to find the outcome in your life that you are actively seeking. In a safe, held space that respects your courage and your autonomy you can explore these struggles and with your combined input in sessions together you can, with curiosity and kindness, work towards a solution, decision or awareness that you desire.

Therapy can be very hard, emotional work at times but there will also be opportunity to celebrate the good bits in your life too, not just acknowledging the struggles. The time together can also be a space of celebration and support.

Michelle appreciates all of life’s differences and similarities within people’s life experiences but has particular interest in working with childhood trauma, estranged and/ or difficult family relationships, school and boarding school issues and the difficulties associated with that indescribable feeling that you just “don’t quite fit in anywhere.”

Michelle has experience in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Abuse (childhood, domestic, emotional, sexual)
  • Adverse Childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Bullying
  • Children and young people
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Family difficulties/estrangement
  • Feeling stuck in life
  • Isolation
  • Loss
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Perinatal and postnatal difficulties
  • PTSD
  • Relationship difficulties
  • School and Boarding school issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Work related change and stress

Michelle’s working background includes a broad range of working environments both here in the UK and abroad in the charitable, public and private sectors.  She has worked in generic counselling services in Ayr, Clydebank, Coatbridge, Stirling and Motherwell as well as in Glasgow perinatal services. She works in private practice, as a children and young person’s counsellor and for Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs). Additionally she has further working experience as a psychologist and (pre-Covid) a complementary therapist in Aromatherapy, Mindfulness, Reflexology and Reiki. She has a black belt in Shotokan Karate and can incorporate the breathing techniques and mindfulness into the sessions if it is of interest to you. A love of travel and experiencing different cultures and customs remains her favourite way to enjoy life.

Michelle is a postgraduate from Aberdeen University and Strathclyde University and a committed lifelong learner. She is a current registered member with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) and FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists). She adheres to each of the professional body’s standards and their ethical frameworks to ensure that clients are well supported in an ethical and accountable manner. She is also PVG and ICO registered.

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Book your appointment with Michelle

Michelle offers sessions face to face, by phone and online via Zoom.
Sessions for individuals (adults or children) cost £50 and last 50 minutes. Sessions for couples cost £65 and last 90 minutes.