project leader / peer support
Michelle comes to the Creative Options Project with comprehensive experience, both professional and personal, of mental health issues.
Michelle has an NVQ3 as a peer support worker, including counselling; and worked with BUPA as a clinical support worker caring for children with life threatening illness. In May 2014, she gained an EDI pass grade in Introduction to Counselling, which included crisis mediation. She also gained a Continual Professional Development level 3 qualification in dealing with depression and passed with a higher distinction.
Michelle has been diagnosed with Bi-polar 2, BPD and Social Anxiety and has thirty-eight years lived experience of mental health issues. She has progressed well in her recovery with the help of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), art therapy and talking therapies and her last hospital admission was sixteen years ago.
Michelle also manages a physical disability called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which is a hereditary disorder of the connective tissue causing fragility of the structural collagen. As a consequence, her joints are unstable and hyper-mobile which causes chronic pain and she uses a stick as a walking aid.
Michelle is passionate about recovery and her current goal for Creative Options is to roll out a recovery tool to encourage and help members look at their lives and make them more manageable.