Melanie Hallows Dip. Counselling (MBACP)
07850 265667 / 07896 094 901
We all need help from time to time and seeking out counselling is an acknowledgement that we can't always do it alone. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk things through with someone who is impartial.
Difficult past experiences or negative relationships can impact on us in such a way that we lose touch of our own inner resources or trust in our own judgements. This can leave us feeling lost, overwhelmed, disempowered and can have a huge impact on our mental health.
I am a BACP Registered Integrative trained counsellor, based in Twickenham, West London and offer short-term or open ended counselling. I work from a log cabin in my garden, separate from my home, in a quiet development in Twickenham which provides a private space for you to explore what's troubling you. Through the safety of a non-judgemental, impartial space I can facilitate you explore what's troubling you and to work through difficult or conflicting feelings. I can help you gain clarity, help you to understand yourself better and rediscover your inner resources which can enable you to take the first steps towards change.
As an Integrative Counsellor I am influenced by many different theoretical approaches which are integrated in the way in which I work, depending on the individual needs of my clients and what they bring. Central to my approach is the importance of the client/counsellor relationship which I believe is fundamental in creating the right environment to promote "positive outcomes" or "change". I recognise the value of creating a warm, empathetic, non-judgemental space for you, the client, to feel accepted in order to promote a feeling of safety which will enable you to explore what is troubling you. I am also influenced by the Psychodynamic belief that the "past influences the present" and that to understand ourselves and the difficulties we are having in our current relationships, it is often helpful to explore our relationships with other significant people in our past and how they may be impacting on present day relationships. I work in a non-directive way, at your own pace.
I have worked for the last 5years for a leading children's mental health charity as a counsellor working specifically with parents/carers within the school setting, providing short and long term counselling. I have provided support with a variety of issues ranging from loss, bereavement, domestic abuse, self-harm, drug and alcohol addiction and anxiety and depression. I have particular experience supporting adults with relationship issues ranging from generalised relationship difficulties with partners, children, wider family and in the workplace to supporting adults with issues relating to separation and divorce, co-parenting, custody issues and domestic abuse. I also have gained significant experience supporting adults coming to terms with the impact of historical abuse including emotional, physical, sexual abuse and neglect.
I have 4 years experience supporting children and young people both as a Counsellor at Off The Record, Twickenham and working within primary schools within the borough of Richmond and Wandsworth providing counselling to children through the medium of play.
I know that choosing the right counsellor is important and that coming to counselling for the first time can be really daunting. I therefore believe the first contact is really important so offer a free telephone consultation prior to assessment. Please feel free to give me a call and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Once you have made contact I will offer you a first session where we will complete a brief assessment together and look at how we are going to work together. I offer a reduced fee of £30 for the assessment session.
I work from my own home garden retreat in Twickenham, West London, close to Whitton and Twickenham British Rail; close to the A316 with easy access to the M3 or into London and many other good transport links. Free easily accessible parking. Wheelchair access.
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2004)
Certificate In Counselling Children through Play (2012)
Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors:
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
Safe Lives: Domestic Abuse
Hidden Harm: Drug/Alcohol Abuse
BACP Online training: Self Harm
Family Links trained parenting practitioner.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Free initial telephone consultation
Assessment Session: £30
Fees are £40 per session which is 50 Minutes
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please contact me to discuss options. I can offer some flexibility, particularly regarding shift work and also offer early morning sessions.
Types of client