Harriet Mellor (Registered MBACP)

Harriet Mellor (Registered MBACP)


07958 329732

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About me

I work according to the individual, offering both short-term solution focused counselling (typically 6-8 sessions) or longer therapy for more deep-rooted and historical issues.

My particular areas of experience are in anxiety, stress and depression and their related issues such as; panic, loneliness, shame and the self critic. I am also a qualified trauma therapist, trained to treat PTSD (according to UK/NICE Guidelines), complex trauma and complicated grief.

With specific issues and behaviour patterns, I often use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). The idea is that by identifying the triggers and finding balanced alternatives, clients become their own experts, creating a psychological toolbox that can continue to be of use long after our therapy has stopped. With stress, anxiety and rumination I include Mindfulness-Based CBT, and for PTSD & Type 1 trauma I am qualified in Trauma-Focussed CBT.

My specialist therapeutic interest is in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), a type of psychotherapy which is particularly beneficial for those who suffer from high levels of shame and self-criticism. It draws from a combination of therapies and modalities; the best elements of Cognitive Behavourial Therapy; Buddhist and mindfulness philosophies; attachment theory; and neuroscience. The 'compassionate' part means developing the courage to alleviate ones own suffering (and that of others). To learn to exist with a sense of safeness, calm and well-being, and be the best version of yourself it is possible to be.

On the days I am not in private practice, I have a part-time, long-term counselling post in the NHS and an affiliate role for a national trauma company.

For more information please contact me

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications:

  • PG Cert Traumatic Stress Studies - University of Reading/Charlie Waller Institute
  • PG Cert In Compassion Focused Therapy - University of Derby
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling - Dartmoor Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma In Creative CBT - Dartmoor Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Certificate in Counselling - CPCAB level 3
    Beginners & Intermediate Counselling Skills & Theory (LOCN)

Specialist Training & Qualifications:

  • Mindfulness Skills for Groups and Individuals
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Obesity, Overeating & Weight Management Group Therapy training using CBT & Transactional Analysis
  • ABC Awareness in Bereavement Care
  • Pathway to Drugs Work (LOCN)
  • CPD in Trauma; Working With Trauma (2 parts), Working With Relational Trauma, working with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation, Compassion Focused Therapy for Shame-Based Trauma, Helping Elder Adults Following Trauma & Loss, Working with Traumatised Children, Young People & Families
  • Mental Health First Aid England Instructor training

Experience (current)

  • NHS: Staff Counsellor in Occupational Health for a Devon NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Trauma Therapist - Outreach trauma specialist
  • Counsellor in Private Practice


  • Groupwork-Over-Eating, Group therapist for issues with over-eating, obesity and weight management using CBT and Transactional Analysis interventions.
  • Substance Misuse: In-house counsellor for a supported housing project for homeless persons and ex-offenders in recovery from substance misuse.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care - covering South Devon.
  • West London Drug Project, Providing support for clients misusing drugs and alcohol.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£40 per hour.
The first assessment session is £20.

For more information please contact me

Further information

I am a member of the BACP, hold a BACP Certificate in Proficiency and am on their Register. I adhere to their ethical framework.

Member of UKPTS - UK Psychological Trauma Society

Maps & Directions

Totnes, TQ9

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


Thursday & Friday

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme