Simone Mellor-Clark, MSc (Psych) CTA (P) UKCP Reg.
The Old School
My experiences both as a therapist, and as a client myself, have convinced me that talking about your problems or concerns with someone professionally trained to actively listen and to respond to you in a particular way can be very helpful. Talking therapies won’t necessarily ‘cure’ you, or erase a painful past, but they can help and equip you to face life’s inevitable ups and downs with greater ease and acceptance, and perhaps pave the way for further positive change and growth.
I do not believe in a 'one size fits all' approach and provide counselling and psychotherapy to reflect this by personally tailoring treatment and sessions to meet clients' individual or couple needs.
I offer different levels of ongoing therapeutic support, from time-limited focused counselling for specific issues, to open-ended psychotherapy for long-term or recurrent difficulties with roots in the past.
In order to make sure that therapy is helping, I invite clients’ to ‘monitor’ their progress by filling in an questionnaire at regular intervals. This helps me to get the therapy right for the client and supports their active involvement, and commitment in everything that we do.
If you would like to learn more about counselling and psychotherapy, I offer an initial telephone or Skype consultation for which there is no charge. This provides an opportunity for us to look at why you have contacted me, what you hope to achieve and whether I am someone you would like to work with. The reasons people decide to have counselling or psychotherapy can be very personal and wide-ranging, so I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for you to find the right therapist; both for you as a person, and for the types of problems or concerns you are wanting to work with.
As a therapist, my aim is to create a therapeutic relationship with clients, which is safe, supportive and invites development, growth and change.
Transactional Analysis (TA) is the main theoretical model I use, and offers a unique way of understanding our personality, behaviours and relationships. It is an integrative approach, which combines humanistic, cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytic concepts.
TA provides concepts which can help us to understand how:
- we function psychologically
- we communicate and why communication breakdowns occur
- decisions made in our childhood continue to influence our behaviour later in life despite painful consequences.
Drawing on TA and other therapy models, I work with individuals and couples to help them better understand their internal world and relational patterns. Part of this process is to facilitate them to make links and observations between their past experiences and present difficulties. Through the therapeutic process, clients develop insight, establish a greater understanding of ‘why they do what they do’, and discover alternative ways of coping, or bringing about changes, in the way they think, feel and behave.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally, qualified and experienced Psychotherapist, registered with the Humanistic and Integrative College of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) with the Certificate in Transactional Analysis (CTA), and a member of the United Kingdom of Association for Transactional Analysis. The CTA is a worldwide qualification conferred by the European Association of Transactional Analysis.
I also have a MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy awarded by Middlesex University, a Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy awarded by the Metanoia Insitute, a Certificate in Further Counselling Skills awarded by the LINK Centre, and a Core Process Psychotherapy Diploma in Mindfulness in Relationship awarded by the Karuna Institute.
I have been working as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for over 10 years, and have worked in a variety of settings including private practice in the UK and France, an NHS Adult Community Mental Health Team, Schools, Place2Be, and a Sure Start Children’s Centre. Working in these different mental health settings has given me experience of working with a wide range of diagnoses and issues.
I abide by the UKCP’s Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct and engage in regular continuing professional development. I also receive regular professional supervision as a requirement of the UKCP Ethical Principals. This helps ensure that I work in a manner which is safe and of most benefit to my clients.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Individual sessions are one hour long and cost £40 per session. I often suggest that you start with a longer appointment of one and a half to two hours. Having this additional time enables you to describe your difficulties and the background to these without feeling rushed.
Future sessions, depending on your needs, are generally one hour long, and scheduled either weekly or bi-weekly. When nearing the end of our work together, depending on how long this has been, I may suggest that we begin to reduce the frequency of our sessions (e.g. from weekly to bi-weekly, and so on).
Concessions are available for students in counselling or psychotherapy training, please contact me for further details.
Couples sessions are one and a half hours long and cost £70 per session. I often suggest that you start with a longer appointment of two hours.
Future sessions, depending on your needs, are generally one and a half hours long, and scheduled bi-weekly. When nearing the end of our work together, depending on how long this has been, I may suggest that we begin to reduce the frequency of our sessions (e.g. from bi-weekly to monthly).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments are available during the day, and early evening.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|