Mel Phillips MSc mBACP, Adult, Family & Young People's Therapist, Bath, Bristol

Mel Phillips MSc mBACP, Adult, Family & Young People's Therapist, Bath, Bristol

The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls
Bath
BANES
BA1 1RH

07766 318524

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The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls
Bath
BANES
BA1 1RH

07766 318524

About me

I am a BACP Registered counsellor/psychotherapist experienced in supporting adults, with further specialist training in work with children, young people and families.

I uphold and endorse the BACP ethical framework (you can read about it on the BACP website).  I welcome enquiries in via email or mobile - please don't hesitate to get in touch with questions.

Work with Adults:
I offer a respectful, trustworthy and caring space in consulting rooms in central Bath. My work is integrative and underpinned by the idea that when we believe in and trust ourselves, we can make informed life decisions and embrace life. My intention is to support clients to feel empowered and safe to explore issues.  I have experience in working with adults grappling with a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, bereavement, separation and loss, traumatic life events, coping with chronic pain, disabilities and illness.

I draw on a range of influences, including mindfulness practice, CBT and creative exploration in a supportive relational space, as may feel appropriate for individual need and preference.

I also offer parent consultation and parent-child attachment work (see below)

How We Might Arrange Your Therapy:

I welcome initial inquiries via email or phone. It is usually helpful to follow up this initial contact with a phone conversation followed by an initial consultation in person which usually lasts 50 minutes. The initial consultation is an opportunity for me to let you know about confidentiality and for me to answer any questions you may have; details about arranging future appointments, as well as a chance for you to decide if you feel comfortable with the idea of working with me. In such therapeutic relationships I believe it key that counsellor and client feel comfortable with the idea of working together.

Work with Children and Young People:

I am flexible about arranging working with children and young people, and looking at needs in an age/capacity, individually appropriate way. It is often the case that parents/carers make initial contact to either simply information gather and facilitate their child's counselling. With under 12's a more in depth consultation with parents may be helpful and it might even be that parent sessions are the most supportive and practical way to help your younger child in the first instance.

Parent Sessions:
Sometimes as a parent, having someone who is trained in child mental and emotional well-being - and who is separate from your family or wider circle - who is able to think together with you about any concerns you may have about your child - can prove helpful and enable positive shifts.

More details:
As with adults, it is important that young people feel they are able to make choices about engaging with counselling. Depending on age, it is often helpful for parents/carers to attend at least part of an initial consultation so areas such as the counselling contract, including confidentiality and cancellation policies can be discussed together. Each case is explored on an individual basis.  The most important thing is that you and your child feel comfortable and happy to work with me and that, as a parent, you may be able to feel a sense of trust in your child working with me.

Our work together might involve talking, writing or drawing, play or role play - I am interested in learning what works for you to enable you or your child to find a way of exploring and communicating that feels helpful and engaging in our work together to try to meet your needs.

Where practical and appropriate I am happy to arrange phone sessions. I recommend meeting first however for at least one session to gain understanding of what is being sought in person.


Some backgound and areas of experience:

In addition to being a self-employed holistic bodyworker for 17 years, I have 7 year's experience of working as a Clinical Practitioner and Senior Practitioner within NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, assessing and supporting children and young people and families presenting with wide-ranging concerns, including:

  • Trauma, loss and abuse
  • Issues around being in care, fostering and adoption support
  • Life limiting illness, chronic pain
  • Bullying, sibling issues
  • Parental separation
  • Feelings of stress, isolation, depression, generalised anxiety
  • Challenges of living with Higher Functioning ASD and ADHD
  • Self harm and eating issues
  • School/university worries or pressures

I have considerable experience of working in community settings, including primary and secondary school settings and of working alongside statutory services.

Training, qualifications & experience


I hold an Intermediate Certificate in Family Therapy (AFT) and over four years experience of working within Family Therapy teams in the NHS. I Currently work as a locum Band 7 CAMHS Senior clinician having previously developed specialist skills with Looked After and Adopted Children and their carers/network as a Registered Mental Health/ Senior CAMHS Practitioner within the Vulnerable Children's Team, 2Gether NHS, Gloucester, during 2012/3; specialising in supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma through separation, loss, neglect and abuse.
I often work creatively and intuitively in the therapeutic space (child centred art, sand tray and play), and, as someone who has 17 year's background experience as a complementary therapist, I have an interest in supporting the relationship between mind and body through mindfulness and relaxation - helpful for all issues.

People suffering from chronic health/pain conditions have also found my approaches with mindfulness very helpful.

My qualifications include:

  • Mindfulness in Schools Adolescent Programme (MiSP .be )
  • Diploma Integrative Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Post-graduate Diploma Working With Children and Families: Psychoanalytic Approach (Tavistock & Portman Clinic)
  • Intermediate Certificate Family Therapy
  • Foundation Certificate Art Therapy
  • Further trainings in Attachment based work, CBT and Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
  • ongoing mindfulness practice (since 1990's)
  • Holistic Massage (MTI, 2000) and Reflexology (VTCT, 2007), Reiki Level 3 (2002-12)
  • MSc in Biology


My counselling and support work experience includes:

2 years - Drug and Alcohol Counsellor for Adults
4 years - Counsellor and DVA support worker -Young People's Charity
7 years - NHS Primary Mental Health Specialist - Families, Children and Young People, Fostering and Adoption

Previous occupations in business project management and scientific research.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Fostering and adoption consultation

Fees

Please call or email to discuss you needs. I offer:

Individual sessions

Parent Consultation Meetings


**PLEASE NOTE:

Cancellations: Please give at least 24 hour's notice if you are unable to attend a session. You can either leave a message on 07766318524.  Please only email if you are able to give 48 hour's notice. melaphil@hotmail.com. Please note that missed sessions need to be paid for if the above notice is not given and the appointment cannot be rearranged between us within the same week (Mon-Fri)

Further information


You might be wondering if you can talk in confidence. 

  • Confidentiality: The content of therapy sessions is confidential; however this is not absolute. As a counsellor/psychotherapist I have a duty of care to act on any concern I may have, if any of the following situations occurs:

    • serious or imminent harm to self and others  - If your worries do involve this risk, we can talk together about who else can we can speak to who may be able help to keep you and others safe and I will do my best to make sure you feel you have a choice about any further help you receive.

    • concern regarding the protection of children and vulnerable adults

    • disclosure about terrorist activities

Further information about confidentiality is available on www.BACP.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Bath, BA1 1RH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Weekdays 8.30-7.00pm

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
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