Melanie Hallows Dip. Counselling (MBACP)
07850 265667 / 07896 094 901
I am an Integrative trained Counsellor based in Twickenham, West London and offer open ended or short-term counselling sessions.
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 3 years for a leading children's mental health charity as a counsellor working with parents, providing short and long term counselling. I have particular experience with issues relating to divorce; parenting; custody issues; domestic abuse; emotional abuse and sexual abuse; self-harm; depression; loss and bereavement. I have also had experience counselling children through the medium of play as a volunteer counsellor for Place2be and counselling young people/young adults as a volunteer at Off The Record, Youth Counselling Service Twickenham.
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 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 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 parking is available and there is easy access for wheelchairs.
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2004)
Certificate In Counselling Children through Play (2012)
I have experience working with adults, children and young people and have worked for the past 3 years as a Counsellor for a leading children's mental health charity supporting parents with relationship issues, domestic abuse; anxiety; bereavement; separation and divorce; parenting difficulties and self-harm. I am also a Family Links trained parenting practitioner.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
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