Melanie Bambridge Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Reiki Practitioner
The thought of speaking with somebody about how you are feeling can be very daunting and initially raise anxiety levels but it is all part of the journey to you feeling better. The biggest step is admitting you need someone professional to talk to. Once you've made that step, the sense of relief can be immense, as often we can carry our problems on our shoulders for years, literally weighing us down.
I am an accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner. I run a private practice in comfortable surroundings from home. My therapy is client led, going at your pace, tailoring to your needs.
Just speaking to somebody who is neutral, non related and unbiased can be a huge weight off the shoulders in itself.
Friends and family often have their opinions about what you 'should' do and what 'they' would do if they were you. Counselling isn't about that. I am trained to listen to you and guide you to find your own solutions, in your own time.
I initially use a Client-Centred/Psychodynamic approach and Integrative, Multi-Modality Counselling using the type of therapy that suits you, whether that be Counselling alone, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Meditation techniques, Tapping, CBT style worksheets, Creative Therapy or Reiki. To name but a few. As I say, I work 'with' you and find the best technique to match the way of working that you are comfortable with.
The thought of Hypnotherapy can make some people panic. Hypnotherapy isn't about making you pretend to walk about clucking like a chicken. All Hypnosis is self Hypnosis and the client is always in control. I guide you through relaxation techniques and once you've achieved a wonderful, deep relaxed state, i then help you to find the root cause of your problem as the critical conscious mind will be too relaxed to block anything. I use positive suggestions to help you to replace old negative thought patterns with a more positive, rational and realistic outlook.
Reiki, literally translates to Rei (healing) Ki (energy) it is non religious and I usually, after talking you through a relaxation visualisation, personally tailored to you, place my hands on or near to your body. The warmth that people often feel, can have a very comforting effect. My clients often say they feel like they've been wrapped in a warm, protective blanket after Reiki.
Where appropriate, i blend Hypnotherapy and Reiki and call it 'Hypnoki'. The Hypnotherapy helps to create a deep sense of relaxation ready for the Reiki.
Sometimes when we've experienced deep trauma in our lives, our emotions can become blocked as a form of protection, this can make the ability to find the words to enable us to get in touch with our feelings nearly impossible. Using creative methods can be a great medium for us to find those feelings through reflection. I use Sandplay, picture cards, objects, figurines, soft toys etc all as a means to reflect upon and get in touch with various parts of ourselves that we can feel disconnected to. Both adults and children alike have found these means incredibly 'freeing' and enlightening. Feelings are emotions in motion after all.
As mentioned above, the therapy is tailored to whatever suits you, so i only offer additional techniques other than Counselling if we 'both' feel you would benefit from it.
I regularly partake in courses to continue in my professional development and often join the UKCP Norfolk group for meetings and talks that they hold. I also facilitate the National Counselling Societies Norfolk group meet every couple of months.
I use Counselling, Hypnotherapy and Reiki with Cancer patients and their loved ones which helps to reduce anxiety levels and ease pain and discomfort. It can help to take away the controlling factors of Cancer for a while and help to enable an element of control. You can find me at 'Starthrowers' Cancer Charity in Wymondham on a Tuesday morning. Sessions are free or a small donation to the charity is much appreciated.
I also use a gut specific IBS programme in Hypnotherapy which helps to control symptoms of IBS
And a Hypnotherapy programme that helps to alleviate symptoms of insomnia.
I look forward to meeting you.
Thank you for reading
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificates in Reiki 1 and 2,
Diploma in an introduction to counselling skills,
Diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling
Advanced Diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling,
Diploma in Hypnotherapy,
Various CPD certificates in Working with Insomnia, IBS, Psychodrama workshop, Anxiety and Mindfulness.
On-going CPD's and research.
6 week Mindfulness based stress management and relaxation techniques course
Regularly offer taster sessions of hypnotherapy and reiki at well-being events
Regular attendee on 'understanding behaviour', self-development sessions
Certificate in Creative Therapy
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
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Initial, 15 minute consultation (given over the phone) for free. Then 40 pounds per 50-60 minute session.
I ask that clients please give a 48 hour notice period of cancellation. A nominal fee is applied if not.
- Also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client