Mel James Dip.Couns. MBACP

Mel James Dip.Couns. MBACP

Flax Bourton

01275 464956 / 07831 827454

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Flax Bourton

01275 464956 / 07831 827454

About me

I am a professionally trained and qualified counsellor and a member of the BACP. I have been involved in counselling for 8 years. I previously worked in recruitment and in teaching. People have always been at the centre of my work.

I offer a humanistic counselling service, predominantly person-centred, though I also work with Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. I am an advocate of non-directional counselling, allowing the client to talk, whilst I listen, reflect, summarise and gently challenge, where appropriate. The strength of any client counselling lies in the quality and depth of the relationship. I make no judgment, I hold my clients during their work with me and offer complete confidentiality, within ethical constraints.

My experience covers a broad area of life's problems, including: abuse (physical/emotional), addiction, ageing & lifecycle issues, bereavement & loss, depression, pregnancy issues, relationship matters, stress and anxiety.

How counselling can help

Many people experience traumatic or self-limiting problems in their lives. These may be a one- off or you may find you are suffering in silence from something that happened in the past which troubles you. Even when you have a partner or friends around you there are times when you feel you cannot 'burden' them or tell them everything. Counselling offers the opportunity to open your heart and find a way through these difficulties in a totally safe, non-judmental and confidential way. You will be met with empathy and warmth by someone who is qualified and experienced in helping you through your problem(s).

What to expect from your first session

At our first session I will need to ask you for some practical information about you and your living arrangements. I will gently take you through some questions about yourself and what you hope to get from your counselling at this time. I will take you through some contractual arrangements about how we will work, on which day and time we will meet and various safeguarding issues for our joint protection. This will take around 15 minutes of our session dependant on what questions you may have and then therapy will begin.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Counselling (Dip.Couns) and I am a member of the UK's largest counselling and regulatory body, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I have been counselling since 2008, originally with the Priory Hospital in Bristol. I have worked (and continue to work) in several areas, including Hopes Place, a GP surgery in Knowle West and currently work for Wellspring Counselling as a volunteer.

I run my private practice from home, where I offer separate, purpose-built accommodation providing an aura of serenity away from the 'busy'ness of life.

My experience covers a broad area of life's problems, including: abuse (physical/emotional) addiction, ageing & lifecycle issues, bereavement & loss, depression, pregnancy issues relationship matters, stress and anxiety.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Age-related, generatively issues.

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I offer hourly sessions for £35 per session, usually on a weekly basis at the same time and on the same day each week. Counselling can be short or long-term, though I recommend clients come to me for a minimum of 6 to 10 weeks. Couples counselling is £50 per hour session.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS48

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


By arrangement, during the week & weekday evenings. Weekends a possibility.

Types of client

Older adults
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