Gibson Counselling and Consultancy
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to explore my practice. People seek psychotherapy for a number of reasons; often, in hope of gaining support through a new challenge, life transition, or difficulties from the past. I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist practicing in Southwestern Ontario. As a psychotherapist, my goal is to support you and help you to develop emotional wellness during this time. I would be honoured to help you during this period and encourage you to give psychotherapy a chance to assist you.
Michelle approaches psychotherapy as her passion, not just her job. She is committed to assisting her clients with all of their concerns and holds sincere admiration for their life stories and struggles.
Michelle graduated from McMaster University with a Masters of Social Work (Clinical) degree and from Western University with a Hons. Bachelors of Social Work degree. She is Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist practicing in Southwestern Ontario.
Michelle began her practice in London, ON in the not-for-profit sector and hospital setting where she worked directly with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple and family therapy. She developed specialized skills in addressing childhood trauma, family violence, family and couple relationship concerns, anger, self-esteem, and mental health concerns related to depression and anxiety.
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Michelle has years of experience in working within healthcare, forensic, and private health systems. She has believes we all have the capacity to heal naturally, but recognizes sometimes that system gets stuck and counselling can help to address this. Her intention is to provide you with a safe space to share your stories and to help you to fulfill the hopes you have for your life.
Michelle has experience providing:
Crisis and trauma services for victims of physical and sexual abuse, Veterans of the Canadian military, first responders and front line workers, victims of crime and natural disasters, and people who have been in motor vehicle accidents. Psychotherapy services for people who experience depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, disordered eating, feelings of anger, are coping with illness and people who are going through difficult life transitions.
Michelle has received great feedback from her clients and witnessed her clients overcome serious concerns with the assistance of psychotherapy. She is an advocate, a confidant, and a true emotional support for each client she encounters. Michelle lives in London, ON and is pursuing PhD studies in Clinical Social Work at McMaster University where she is researching how women with long term
illness experience body image. Michelle loves working with people directly, engaging in research that contributes to innovative therapy, and teaching. She enjoys travel, spending time outdoors, reading, and time spent with her flat-coated retriever and St. Bernard.
There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind
Appointments & Fee
Therapy Fees and Payment
I offer appointments in the day and evenings, Monday to Friday, to accommodate client need.
My hourly rate is set to commensurate with other London-area psychotherapists. Through my registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers, my services are likely covered by your extended health care plan. To determine the details of your coverage, please contact your insurance provider.
My fees are covered by contracts with: Veterans Affairs, Victim Quick Response Program (London Police Services), Native Health Services, and some Employee Assistance Programs. Please contact me if you have questions about whether you are eligible to access services under these options.
As a Registered Social Worker, my services are approved for a medical expense tax credit and the fees for therapy can be deducted on your income tax return. I offer discounted rates for students and a sliding fee scale is available for some clients. Please contact me directly for fee information. Payment is to made at the end of each session by cash, cheque, or e-money transfer. My cancellation policy is 48 hours advance notice or the full session fee will be charged.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How long will sessions last and how often should I come?
Sessions are 50 minutes in length and then I spend 10 minutes planning for our next meeting.In my experience, therapy is most successful for those who attend weekly or every other week. However, if financial pressures should keep you from regular therapy, I also provide services for clients who attend therapy monthly.
Q. What happens during the first therapy session?
Many people express feelings of worry and nervousness when they come to therapy for the first time. I hope that I am able to provide support to new clients and make them feel comfortable and safe. The first session involves gathering information and discussing: your reasons for coming to therapy, past struggles you may have faced, family information, how you are coping with your current struggles, and setting goals for therapy.
Q. Will my extended health care benefits cover the cost of my therapy sessions?
Yes, in most cases counselling is covered under extended health care plans. Please check with your insurance provider.
Q. How many sessions will I need to attend?
The amount of sessions you attend will vary depending on your personal issues and your goals for therapy. Some clients complete therapy with a few sessions, while other clients benefit from long-term therapy.
Q. Is the information we talk in therapy about kept confidential?
Social Workers have an ethical and legal duty to hold in confidence the information that is shared during therapy. There are limits to this confidentiality and these limitations will be discussed during the initial meeting.
Q. Are you the right person to help me?
It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and ensure I am a good fit. I am hopeful that we can build a positive therapeutic relationship and that my strengths will help you reach your goals in therapy. Our initial session will give you a good idea about the therapeutic fit and help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.