Melanie Royal-Lawson BSc, PGDip, MA, Registered Member MBACP
I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor/psychotherapist and registered member of the BACP. I work together with individuals to help them make sense of their current circumstances, relationships and experiences, which may be influenced by the past. I provide a supportive, non-judgmental and confidential space in which thoughts and feelings can be explored at the clients own pace with a view to fostering autonomy and change. I work on a one-to-one basis with both young people and adults, from a broad range of social and cultural backgrounds, and can offer both short and long-term therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS Approved), University of Reading;
Certificate in Counselling, University of Reading;
Introduction to Art Therapy, BAAT;
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Distinction), University of Reading;
MA in Counselling (Distinction), University of Reading.
My experience includes having practised within a low cost counselling service; a university counselling service; and in an anxiety clinic which incorporated running group work for adolescences with anxiety disorders. I worked for several years within research focusing on maternal anxiety, depression and child development. Until recently, I also worked for a London-based Charity and Early Years Team co-ordinating a Counselling Service for parents of children under 5 and providing group work for mothers experiencing postnatal depression.
My private practice is based in Reading, but I also offer some appointments in London. I work with both men and women from various backgrounds experiencing a range of difficulties. I am currently also a perinatal practitioner within the Perinatal and Parent-Infant Mental Health Services, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP code of ethics, attend regular clinical supervision and hold professional indemnity insurance.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Antenatal & postnatal period
Pregnancy & parenthood
£45 - 50 minute session
£50 - Initial assessment
£60 - 50 minute session
Some concessions are available upon request depending on individual circumstances
My main practice is in a central Reading location set within pleasant surroundings and within easy walking distance of Reading Town centre and station. There is free two-hour parking in the vicinity as well as access to main bus routes.
To make an appointment or to simply have an exploratory chat, please call me on 07580075237, leaving a brief message along with your name and telephone number and I will be happy to return your call as soon as I can.
Alternatively, you may email me at
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and some evening appointments available.
Supervision & training
I am able to offer individual supervision from a psychodynamic perspective to counsellors, psychotherapists and other health professionals.View supervision profile