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About me

I am an experienced psychotherapist offering short term counselling, open ended psychotherapy, group work, couples counselling and supervision. 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, existential questions, 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 (2008)

Accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Completion of Stages 1-4 of EMDR Training

Experience outside of private practice

Primary tutor on the Humanistic Psychotherapy MSc at Metanoia Institute

Mental health and wellbeing trainer

Group facilitation for midlife women

Group facilitation for ex members of cults/abusive organisations

Adult and Adolescent Bereavement Counsellor with St Joseph's Hospice Hackney

Play therapy with young children in schools with the Place2be

Author of numerous wellbeing articles for Employee Assistance Providers

Prior to training as a Psychotherapist I spent 10 years working in the commercial sector in marketing and events.

Professional Development

I regularly attend seminars and workshops in order to strengthen my skills and keep up with current thinking.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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 www.ameaningfulmidlife.com.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies

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£70 per 50 minute session for individuals

£80 per 50 minute session for couples

£60 per 50 minute session for supervision

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


Tuesdays 9am - 8pm; Wednesdays 4pm - 8pm; Fridays 10am - 2pm

Further information

Due to Covid restrictions I am currently conducting all sessions remotely via zoom or phone. I hope to return to in person sessions in my Dalston practice as soon as it is safe to do so.

450 Kingsland Road
E8 4AE

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults


Melissa Cliffe MA, UKCP

Melissa Cliffe MA, UKCP