Melissa Cliffe MA, UKCP

Melissa Cliffe MA, UKCP

450 Kingsland Road
E8 4AE

Old Ford Road
Bethnal Green
E2 9QD

07961 050794

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About me

I am an experienced psychotherapist offering short term counselling, open ended psychotherapy, group work and couples counselling. You may be in the midst of a crisis, looking for resolution around a particular issue, feeling dissatisfied with life or in need of a space to unburden your thoughts and feelings in a safe setting.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to live in a way that feels more authentic and to respond creatively, rather than habitually to circumstances and others. Our work together might include increasing your self awareness, re-evaluating habitual thinking and behaviour, and processing thoughts and feelings. This can help you to find more fulfilment in life. This is done within the context of a relationship that offers warmth and acceptance as well as appropriate levels of challenge.

Just some of the things that counselling and psychotherapy can help with are anxiety, midlife issues, being highly sensitive, anger management, identity, low self-worth, abuse, bereavement, depression, work stress, relationship issues, traumatic experiences, transition and much more.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact me to arrange an initial assessment session. This gives us the opportunity to explore what you want to gain from therapy, and to see if we feel comfortable working together. If you wish to proceed we would normally meet weekly for 50 minute sessions and regularly review our progress to ensure your needs are being met.

Training, qualifications & experience

Masters degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy

Accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

In private practice since 2002

Workplace counselling and conducting assessments with Employee Assistance Providers

Bereavement Counsellor with St Joseph's Hospice Hackney working with adults and adolescents

Play therapy with young children in schools with the Place2be

Co-facilitation of a group supporting survivors of abusive organisations and cults.

I regularly attend seminars and workshops in order to strengthen my skills and keep up with current thinking. I also work as a trainer and write psychological helpsheets for Employee Assistance Providers.

Prior to training as a Psychotherapist I spent 10 years working in the commercial sector in marketing and events, and have also spent time as a business consultant and personal development trainer.

I am currently researching the experiences of women in midlife and what this transitional time means for them.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am experienced in working with issues relating to midlife including the menopause transition. You can read more about this work at

I have an interest in, and have conducted research into the experiences of Adult Third Culture Kids, adults who spent a significant amount of their developing years living away from their passport country.


£70 per 50 minute session for individuals

£80 per 50 minute session for couples

£20 per session to attend the group

I reserve a number of spaces for students or people on low incomes for which I charge a lower fee but at the moment these are all taken

Further information

I run a monthly group called Midlife Conversations for women aged between 40-60. The next group starts in September and meets on Wednesday mornings in Bethnal Green.

For more details please visit

Maps & Directions

London, E8 4AE
London, E2 9QD

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Tuesdays 9am - 8pm; Wednesdays 5pm - 8pm; Fridays 10am - 2pm

Types of client

Older adults