After the completion of Michelle’s degree in psychology, she pursued a career in this field. With the desire to help people and work therapeutically with clients, she began preparing to for a career within Counselling Psychology. However, a personal experience resulted in Michelle swapping from the role of the therapist to the client. Upon doing so, she discovered the limitations of traditional therapy.
She found that although psychologists were able to discover the root cause of the problem and enable the client to understand their behaviour, they provided little to no suggestions as to how to eradicate the problem. Instead, sessions seemed to be focused on how to cope with new diagnoses and managing symptoms.
This led Michelle to seek an alternative approach, one which allowed her to work through the trauma comfortably. It was then that Michelle discovered the power of NLP and opened up to the possibility that long term change was not only possible, but didn’t require the client to relive past negative emotions and events.
She qualified as a Master NLP Practitioner and Master NLP Coach under the Performance Partnership, the leading NLP training company in the UK. In addition, she qualified as a Time Line Therapy™ Master Practitioner and Master Hypnotherapist, which allows her the flexibility to personalise her approach. She founded Mindset For Life with the desire to put this new approach into practice, offering change in a more fun and accessible way. She now uses these techniques in her online social media presence, as well as in writing opportunities and speaking engagements allowing her to add practicality to her insight and experiences.
About Scarred Not Scared
Scarred Not Scared was born out of Michelle’s desire to start a conversation around surgery scars and the side effects operations can have on a person’s life. It was a personal mission for Michelle and she has undergone 15 surgeries herself. By the age of 20, she had had a brain tumour, a punctured intestine, an obstructed bowel, a cyst in her brain and a condition called Hydrocephalus. Since showing her scars in a bikini and sharing her story, she has been praised as a body confidence role model, having been chosen as one of the top body positive moments of 2015 by Cosmopolitan.
Within a few months, she went viral again. This time sharing just a few of the stories that she has received since the campaign has started. The campaign continues to go viral now on a regular occasion and has now been in over 400 publications worldwide including Portugal, Israel, The Netherlands, USA and right here in England, as well as media interviews on Sky News, Channel 5 News and BBC Radio London. Even celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Zooey Deschanel and George Takei have shared the campaign!