Melanie Hallows MBACP (Accred)
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and have worked for the past 5 years for a leading children's mental health charity with parents/carers and children 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 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.
How Counselling Can Help
We all need help from time to time to deal with what life throws at us. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk things through with someone who is outside of our circle of family and friends and can be impartial. Counselling provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space for you to explore what's troubling you and to work through difficult or conflicting feelings. Counselling can help you to gain clarity, a different perspective and to help you understand yourself better. There may be many reasons why you need support right now.
- Perhaps you are struggling with the impact of past relationships or early childhood abuse which is impacting on your current relationships?
- Perhaps you are a parent who is feeling overwhelmed, anxious or worried about your child's behaviour?
- Or perhaps you are going through a personal crisis such as a bereavement, loss of a relationship or separation/divorce?
I am an Integrative trained Counsellor which means that I recognise that all clients have different life experiences and that one approach does not fit all and I draw on different theoretical approaches that influence the way in which I work. The most important aspect of the way in which I work is the importance of the client/counsellor relationship. I recognise the importance of creating a warm, empathetic, non-judgemental space for you to explore what is troubling you. I also believe that in order to understand our difficulties today it can sometimes be helpful to explore our relationships with other significant people in our past. I work in a non-directive way, at your own pace.
Getting in Touch
Choosing the "right" counsellor is really important but can also be really daunting. Please feel free to contact me for a free telephone consultation prior to assessment and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We will then arrange to meet for an assessment session which is your opportunity to decide if we can work together. I offer a reduced fee of £30 for the first assessment session.
I work from a log cabin in my garden, separate from my home, in a quiet development in Twickenham, which provides a quiet, private, reflective space. I am close to Whitton and Twickenham British Rail and the A316, with easy access to the M3 or into London and many other good transport links. There is plenty of free, easily accessible parking. Wheelchair access.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional 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.
Accredited register membership
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)
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Free initial telephone consultation
Assessment Session: Reduced fee of £30
Fees are £50 per session which is 50 Minutes
Some Concessions are available for students or those on low income.
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