Barbara Mella, MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, Adv Dip, UKCP Registered
Hello. My name is Barbara.
I am a psychotherapist and counsellor working with adults and children.
I am also a Mindfulness teacher, a Life Coach and a Yoga teacher.
I was drawn to these practices at different times in my life noticing that they are all paths of self discovery towards awareness, acceptance and contentment.
My experience of these practices has given me a positive belief that we all have the potential to change, to grow and to find balance and joy in our lives.
My intention is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for you to discuss and explore whatever you might want to bring to our sessions. I offer a kind, compassionate and understanding relationship so that you can feel comfortable to be who you are and express your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement and criticism.
We all go through times in our lives when we experience challenges which can be testing and have a profound effect on us and our relationships. My clients struggle with issues including anxiety, depression, relationship and family difficulties, fertility, parenting, low self-esteem, anger management, life changes and transitions, redundancy and career choices, bereavement, abuse, personal development and so on.
Psychotherapy is a a path of self-discovery which involves taking time and space to slow down and explore, with honesty and courage, who you are, as yourself and in the world with others; how you arrived at the present moment and to realise how you are stuck in habitual and unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. Then through awareness and compassion, you can take action towards positive change and what you want for now and the future.
It offers you a chance to talk and work through feelings and situations, whether you want to bring specific issues - relationships, dilemmas, doubts, commitment, existential questions (Who am I? What am I doing? What's the purpose of my life?) - or a simple curiosity to know yourself more. It is a challenging but always rewarding personal journey towards increased self-awareness, acceptance and contentment.
I have experience of working with clients in different settings: students within a University Counselling Service, where I've also run Stress & Anxiety Management, and Procrastination workshops; teenagers at a Southwark Community Centre; in-patients, out-patients and relatives at a large hospital in South-East London; adults in private practice; students of Mindfulness...
While still living in London, I set up a network of alternative therapists and midwives (www.nestlondon.com), who specialise in working with women (and men) dealing with issues regarding fertility, pregnancy and parenthood. I was the psychotherapist in the group and counselled women at any stage of the emotional roller-coaster on their often difficult journey to becoming a mother and beyond. Within NEST I also worked with men affected by related issues and children who attend with or without their parents.
This is my life’s work and I'm very passionate about what they offer. I feel privileged to be allowed into my clients' worlds while accompanying them on their own journeys. I never fail to be touched and changed by these encounters.
I offer psychotherapy and counselling sessions in person, on the phone and on Skipe.
I work with adults and children and can offer Couple Counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist, having completed five years of formal training first at the Minster Centre and then at The Metanoia Institute in West London - both part of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Such trainings led first to a Certificate, then a Diploma and finally a Master in Integrative Psychotherapy.
I practice within the BACP code of conduct.
I regularly dedicate time to further personal and professional development attending CPD courses and workshops. I have completed a training at the Gestalt Centre on working with children and adolescents, one at IATE on Filial Therapy (working with parents and children), also on CBT, Anger Management And more recently I have qualified to teach Mindfulness.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of and interest in working with women who go through the roller-coaster of pregnancy and motherhood as a time of major changes. Many women are aware of post-natal depression but not of pre-natal depression and when they start feeling low, suicidal, paranoid, afraid, etc both before and after the birth of their children they often just pretend they are ok and soldier on keeping all their awful feelings locked inside until they can't cope anymore. I invite mothers to be and new mothers who are experiencing any difficulties to seek help as soon as possible.
One-to-One Psychotherapy (on sliding scale)
Online Counselling (Adults Only) is £35-£45
Sessions last 50 minutes.
I have available times on most days.