Melanie Jane Hickling Person Centred Counsellor

Melanie Jane Hickling Person Centred Counsellor

Warren House
2 Pelham Court
Pelham Road

07717 260151

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Warren House
2 Pelham Court
Pelham Road

07717 260151

About me

I am a person centred counsellor and I offer a genuine therapeutic relationship in a safe, confidential and supportive therapeutic environment where you can express anything that is on your mind. There are no small problems, whatever you bring into the counselling room will be respected and heard. I am guided by what you feel is important to focus on in counselling and I will provide a therapeutic space where you can explore what is important to you. Person Centred Counselling is an empowering approach which can support you in finding your own answers, developing trust in yourself and your own experiences. The core belief is that you know what hurts and you have the answers inside you; I work closely with your experience of your life, thoughts and feelings to help you gain a deeper awareness and understanding of what is happening or what has happened in your life.

I have been working as a voluntary counsellor for a charity in Nottingham and I continue to do my voluntary work alongside my private practice. I have gained a lot of experience working with a variety of presenting issues including clients experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings and thoughts, obsessive compulsive disorder, survivors of suicide attempts, self-injury, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder, childhood abuse (male and female), rape and sexual assault, grief, loss and bereavement. Grief, bereavement and loss are a broad subject and sometimes losses like loss of job, loss of childhood and loss of ideals are lost or overlooked under the category of grief and bereavement. Change often causes a process of grieving because when something changes, there are often many losses associated even when what has changed is positive.

I have been involved in counselling since 2008. I trained at The University of Nottingham and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am working towards accreditation. My practice is guided by the BACP Code of Conduct and Ethics.

I work with clients over the age of 18.

My private practice is located on Pelham Road in Nottingham using rooms from Counselling Xtra. The location is easy to get to via public transport and there is parking space nearby for drivers.


"Thank you so much Mel for all your patience at what for me was such a difficult time"

"I have found you to be very gentle and supportive, you have enabled me to share my pain, thank you"

Training, qualifications & experience

ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts - The Sherwood Institute

ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills - Castle College

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Practice - The University of Nottingham

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

I am currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Trauma Studies.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have gained a lot of experience working with a variety of presenting issues including:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal feelings and thoughts
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Survivors of suicide attempts
  • Self-injury
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Childhood abuse (male and female)
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Grief, loss and bereavement


£20 for our first meeting and £35.00 per 50 minute session after.

Further information

Continuing Professional Development

Grief and Loss

Working with Self-Harm

Secondary Traumatization of the Counsellor

Working in a Person-Centred Way with other theory thoughts

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Domestic Abuse

Honour Abuse and Asylum

Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse


Deliberate Self Harm / Empowerment

Issues and Perspectives around Sexual Minority Clients

Animal Assisted Therapy

Working with Carers


Mental Health First Aid

Maps & Directions

Nottingham, NG5 1AP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I have both evening and daytime appointments available. Please make contact for available times.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults