Melissa Cochrane, MBACP (Accred), MNCS (Accred)

Melissa Cochrane, MBACP (Accred), MNCS (Accred)

29a Water Lane

07591 691 242

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29a Water Lane

07591 691 242

About me

We all feel overwhelmed at times. Often we can come to a solution ourselves, but sometimes we may need support from someone who can be objective, supportive, and focused on us. Seeking counselling is a big step and a rewarding one. It is an opportunity to take the time and attention to focus on our inner world, our goals and our challenges. Individual therapy can provide the time and space to explore thoughts and feelings and to work towards growth and change. I will work with you to actively make change in your life, working on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may hold you back or cause you discomfort or distress.I provide support in a non-judgemental environment with a number of issues, including: family of origin issues, relationship issues, anxiety, depression /low mood, parenting, expatriate issues and many other unique circumstances. I work in an integrative manner, tailoring my approach to meet the needs of each individual client.

I can work with adults either online or in-person in Wilmslow, UK. I work with children and adolescents in-person only, unless in conjunction with family work; I often utilize play and creative arts techniques when working with children. I work with expats in diverse countries online via my online therapy service, Overseas Counselling and Psychotherapy Service,

Training, qualifications & experience


I currently see clients privately in Wilmslow, England, offering individual, family, adolescent, and child therapy. I also see clients online globally through Overseas Counselling Service (, a resource which provides counselling and psychotherapy for expatriates in countries all over the world.

I spent eight years working as a counsellor overseas in International schools, and I have also been a school counsellor in the UK. In my role at these schools, I provided individual, group, couples', family, and play therapy services to primary, middle, and senior school aged students and their families.  I also provided individual parenting support and ran parenting groups using Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP). I have worked with girls in group settings on Assertiveness Training and have provided individual and group therapy at a psychiatric hospital.

I have supervised trainee psychotherapists and have presented workshops for other counsellors at international conferences.


Post-Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy, Canterbury Christchurch University

Master of Social Work, Mental Health (Counselling and Psychotherapy), San Diego State University

BA in Humanities (Cum Laude), Loyola Marymount University

My training has included: cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, solution-focussed therapy, constructivist psychotherapy, family therapies, and play and creative arts therapy. I draw on these therapies in an integrative manner in order to best meet the needs of individual clients.

I have completed additional training in providing therapy online.

Professional Organizations

Accredited Counsellor with the National Counselling Society (UK)

Professional Member of the American Counseling Association

Practitioner Member of Play Therapy UK

Accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Child therapy
Play therapy

Therapies offered


£65 for an individual session, £75 for couples' sessions, and £85 for family sessions.

Further information


Cochrane, M. “Play Therapy as Part of a Comprehensive Elementary School Counseling Program.” Presented at the Central & Eastern European Schools Association conference, Tallinn, Estonia, February 2010.

Brunning, P. and Cochrane, M. “Factoring it In: The elements of a good transition program.”  Presented at the Near East South Asia Council of International Schools conference, Bangkok, Thailand, March 2006.

Cochrane, M. & Cochrane, M.  Lectured on British and American political and cultural perspectives.  Loyola Marymount University Oxford Scholars Program, Oxford, England, 2004.

Cochrane, M. “Gender Equity in the Classroom.” Japan English Teachers Journal. 2000.

Cochrane, M.  “Cultural Adventures: An American in Japan.”  Rotary Club, Wakimachi, Japan, 1999.


  • A Child’s Grief, Cruse Bereavement Care, 1 day workshop, 2004.
  • Safeguarding Children, Newcastle Area Child Protection Committee, 1 day workshop, 2005.
  • Near East South Asia Council of International Schools conference, Bangkok, Thailand. Attended school counsellor strand of the conference.  4 day conference, 2006. Presented workshop.
  • The Academy of Student Affairs Professionals, Texas A&M University, Doha, Qatar.  5 day training, 2006.
  • Understanding the Social/Emotional and Academic needs of Gifted Students.  Special Needs Institute, American School of Warsaw.  3 day conference, 2007.
  • Resilience, Attachment, and Trauma.  Association of Play and Drama Therapy training, Brasov, Romania.  3 day training, 2008.
  • Central & Eastern European Schools Association conference, Tallinn, Estonia.  Attended school counsellor strand of the conference.  2 day conference, 2010. Presented workshop.
  • Certificate in Online Counselling Skills, 2014.

Maps & Directions

Wilmslow, SK9 5AR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am able to offer daytime sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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