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I offer one to one individual counselling and couples counselling in a warm and confidential environment. For many people, counselling is an opportunity to explore issues which are troubling them, in a safe and non-judgemental space. Building a professional relationship with the right counsellor can be very rewarding and lead to greater self-awareness and freedom.
I am an Integrative counsellor, drawing on psychodynamic and humanistic approaches and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I work in a very individual way with each client, working within an holistic framework. I may reflect on your history, current circumstances and aspects of the way you function - that is your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and your physical and spiritual being. Painful or difficult feelings, repeated patterns of behaviour or troubled relationships often have their origins in past experience and it can sometimes be difficult to make the connection or to understand why these difficulties continue to affect our lives. Left unaddressed or unexplored, these painful feelings can become suppressed (or buried 'alive') and deep within us are not forgotten. They can express themselves in ways that are increasingly harmful in nature and can leave us feeling more confused and seemingly with very little choice.
These aspects can often influence the core needs we all have for security, self-worth and significance.
You may feel feel disconnected and/or depressed; you may be confused, angry, or feeling guilty, anxious or just plain empty. These can all lead to feelings of hopelessness and isolation; you may even feel alienated and stuck in an impasse.
Maybe you have suffered a trauma or bereavement and are finding it difficult to cope. Perhaps you have been abused and are really struggling to survive. Maybe life just seems too hard and unfair. Maybe you and your partner are not getting on. Maybe the children are causing grief. Maybe you are unable to have children and would like to but for some reason cannot and are experiencing grief and loss. Perhaps you have been told that you have a terminal illness or have a health issue that is really troubling you. Maybe you are dependent on alcohol, drugs or gambling, or are addicted to something and you wish to stop it. Maybe you are just finding it hard to keep your head above water.
Sometimes it feels very difficult to impose our problems on our friends and family and at these times it can help to have support from someone impartial.
As we work together, my hope is that I can help you deal more effectively with life's challenges and traumas. I could also help you to develop a deeper understanding of how your past relationships and experiences continue to influence and affect you. This understanding can help in processing thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviours, enabling you to make positive and lasting changes.
I would normally see you once a week and find that as issues become resolved, you and I will know when counselling comes to a natural and agreed end.
Training, qualifications & experience
Melanie Camu BA(Hons), Dip. Couns., DipHE Couns.
I have a Certificate, Diploma and a DipHE in Counselling from CWR and Roehampton University.
I have experience in both the voluntary and private sectors. I have worked successfully with survivors of sexual abuse, ritual, domestic, emotional and physical abuse, personality disorders, recovering addicts, rejection, adoption, anger management, bereavement, relationship issues, depression, low self esteem, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, trauma and more...
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Alongside my private practice, I have worked with ex-offenders, the homeless and the marginalised helping them as part of a team, through various projects, to re-habilitate back into society and work where possible.
I work with Dissociative Identity Disorder and trauma.
I also work with young people who have been sexually exploited.
I charge £40 per 50 minute session for individuals and £55 per 75 minute session for couples
I am a member of the ACC and BACP and adhere to the BACP and ACC Code of Ethics for Good Practice
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday's, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-6:30pm
Types of client