August 30, 2016

About Mel

This section will give you an overview of how I work, my training, professional registration and work experience. If you are considering counselling or therapy for yourself or your child and have further questions please feel free to ring or email me.

I am a counsellor, psychotherapist trainer and education consultant. I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 15 years. I work with adults, children and families in a range of settings; in schools, as part of a multi-agency team and in private practice.

I am passionate about the practical benefits of talking therapy and have seen its benefits for children, young people and adults as they work through emotional and mental health difficulties and reach a better understanding of themselves and their relationships.

My commitment is to working sensitively and creatively to help individuals and families overcome trauma and loss as well as manage the day-to-day challenges of stress and anxiety at times of transition. My aim is always to help children and adults understand their strengths as well as their vulnerabilities and work together towards greater ease and self- fulfilment.

My original training was in psychodynamic counselling. This approach considers the impact of past experience on our current understanding of ourselves both in our inner lives and in the way we relate to others in everyday contacts, friendships and personal and professional relationships. This approach can be particularly helpful for clients who have experienced upset, trauma, bereavement or loss at any time in their lives. It can also be helpful for people who are feeling confused, frustrated or at a loss with how their life is developing or how they relate to others.

I have also undertaken additional training in the person-centred and solution-focussed approaches, in working wth attachment difficulties and systemic (family) therapy. This has broadened my approach and helped me offer clients a range of ways to work therapeutically. I use creative and practical approaches especially when working with children and consider each person in the context of their wider world – in the family, at school, at work, and in relationships, looking at what is and isn’t working and using this shared understanding to increase knowledge and make practical and emotional changes.

I am an accredited member of the Brtish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within the Code of Ethics.