Melanie Skeet

Melanie Skeet

66 Braiswick
Colchester
Essex
CO4 5AY

Life Force
3 East Hill
Colchester
Essex
CO1 2QL

+447779165334

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66 Braiswick
Colchester
Essex
CO4 5AY

Life Force
3 East Hill
Colchester
Essex
CO1 2QL

+447779165334

About me

I offer counselling to adult and adolescent individuals from a room at my home in Braiswick, from Life-force Counselling Service in Colchester town centre and, for current students only, from CRGS. Life-Force and the counselling room at my home are both accessible by wheelchair.

You may be looking for a counsellor for the first time, so I'll try to describe what counselling with me might be like. The first one or two sessions are a time for you to start to tell me your story, including your reasons for wanting to seek help, your feelings and current difficulties. I like the definition of counselling as "two people coming together to work on the problems of one of them", so I will be listening to what you have to say and at the same time using my "counselling antenna" to notice patterns and themes and start to make connections between what you have told me and the knowledge and experience I've picked up from my training and work with other clients. I would usually then share some of my thoughts with you about my understanding of your problems. Together, we could then begin to work together to try to find a way forward. This might involve you learning new skills, for example in assertiveness; trying out different behaviours, or trying to find a different perspective on a difficulty where you have little control over the situation, for example with a chronic health problem. The middle part of the therapy would perhaps be a period of trial and error in finding better strategies for coping, where you have ups and downs, but hopefully more ups. The ending of therapy would ideally be when you have made sufficient changes to feel OK and are confident to "fly solo".

I am interested in exploring what is making you unhappy, but I also want to help you to find a way to feel better and so not have to come back!

How many sessions this takes can vary from person to person, but I often see clients for around six to ten sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling 2008

Working in Private Practice from 2008 to present

Sessional work at COPE (Community Organisation for Problem Eating) 2010 to 2013 working with adults suffering from mild-moderate eating disorders

Counselling work with students at Colchester Royal Grammar School from January 2014 to present

Educational presentations on mental health at Colchester Royal Grammar School January 2014 to present

For the past three years I have been developing an interest in Compassion Focused Therapy and am currently training as a Compassion Focused Therapist in the model developed by Professor Paul Gilbert of the University of Derby.

I undertake a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development each year, including attending courses, seminars and reading.

Fees

I charge £35 per 50 minute session whether at home, Life-Force or CRGS.

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can find me on its register at

http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/check_register/

My BACP certificate number is 045617

Maps & Directions

Colchester, CO4 5AY
Colchester, CO1 2QL

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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