Joy Mellor Dip.Couns Reg. BACP
15 Bartlett Place
12 Foster Hill Road
01280 308526 / 0744 9094282
Life can be a tough journey. Mostly we soldier on, doing our best, surviving. But there can come a time when it just isn't enough - we can't or just don't want to make do with simply surviving...
It does take courage to reach out. What will a counsellor be like? How will they make you feel? Will they just make things worse? What will your friends and family think of your seeing a counsellor? Making the decision to see a counsellor can take precious energy and a leap of faith.
As a counsellor, I am very aware of how much courage it has taken for a person to make that call and to come to the first session. I will give you the space to bring what you are ready to bring to each session - I will listen carefully, respectfully, without judgement. I offer you a space to talk freely and openly; another head to think alongside yours; someone to quietly accompany you as you talk through and explore how you feel. I provide a safe place where you can speak about things you may never have dared to speak about before, and I will sit with you and help you to find the words to make sense of what may now feel like a mass of dark, overwhelming feelings; help you decide how you feel about it all; help you to decide whether there is anything you would like to do to change it.
My goal is to help you to grow stronger, more authentically yourself, and more connected to important others in your world, with a clearer voice that you really feel is your own.
This process can take as little as a few months for some; for others, it can take years. There is no right or wrong in this. It is a process that does take commitment, and it isn't always easy - but it is a powerful process, and I have seen people blossom into happier people, sometimes radically changing their lives for the better. I feel privileged to do this work, facilitating and accompanying people on their journeys. I will respect your pace and your freedom to work for as long as you need or want. This will be your counselling - your journey - your time...
Step 1: give me a call or email me - if I can't answer the phone immediately, I will ring you back as soon as possible. I know how hard that first call can be ...
Step 2: we can then arrange a first session (50 minutes long)
Step 3: in that first session we can talk about what you need from counselling and how I work to see if you are happy to work with me and if I'm the right person for you ...
Step 4: then we will then set an agreement including details of when we will meet (weekly, 50-minute sessions) and the cost (£40 but there may be flexibility if you have financial difficulties) ...
Step 5: and that's it. This will be your time, once a week - your time to begin your journey ...
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor, trained to diploma level at the Counselling Foundation in Bedford. I ensure my skills are kept up to date by attending continuous professional development training and staying up to date with appropriate journals and research, and I am working towards accreditation with the BACP.
I am a registered member of the BACP and follow their ethical framework, meaning I offer a confidential, ethically minded approach that is up to date with guidelines focused on offering clients safe practice with clear, well-defined boundaries.
To date, I have been seeing clients in the Bedford counselling centre run by the Counselling Foundation. I am now expanding my practice to see clients in Buckingham as well.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My standard fee is £40, however there is some flexibility in this where clients are suffering financial hardship. We can discuss and decide this at the first session.
Please contact me by phone or email. If I am unable to answer your call, please leave a message and let me know how and when best to get in touch with you. And do let me know if there are any particular issues of confidentiality that you would like me to bear in mind when contacting you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||I have some French, Italian and Lingala, but would mainly want to communicate in English|
Mondays to Fridays - appointment times available on request
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|