Melanie Royal-Lawson BSc, PGDip, MA, Registered Member MBACP

Melanie Royal-Lawson BSc, PGDip, MA, Registered Member MBACP

About me

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.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

General counselling
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

Further information

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

Reading, RG1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


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.

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