James Melvin

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Counselling for adults and young people
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Bristol BS2 & BS7
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer integrative counselling in Bristol (BS2/BS7 Stokes Croft, Cheltenham Road, Gloucester Road area) to adults and young people (16+ only). I work face to face or via Zoom. I also offer Walk and Talk sessions (April to September, weather permitting), where we meet outside on The Downs or another local park. 

I have wide experience of working with adults with a range of presenting issues: anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, addiction, bereavement, relationship, family and parenting problems. You might be coming to counselling with a clear idea of what you want to address or perhaps you are unsure of what the real problems are. I aim to help you to be honest and open with yourself and find ways forward to a happier and more fulfilling life. I work in an integrative, relational and creative way.

Creative Writing
I have a strong interest in the healing power of creative writing and offer Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) exercises. If you are looking for a creative counsellor who uses creative and reflective writing daily as part of my own wellbeing routine, then I can help you to develop your own writing practice and use writing to explore your feelings.

Young People (16+ only)
I have extensive experience of working with young people who have emotional difficulties or problems at home or at school. This includes anxiety, depression, panic attacks, stress, self-esteem, bereavement, bullying, family and peer problems.

I worked as a counsellor in a Bristol secondary school for nine years and more recently in private practice. I have also done rigorous and comprehensive training specifically for working with young people, so I have an excellent understanding of how they might think and feel and what they might need from a therapist. I also have experience of working with young people in groups and experience of working with the parents of young people: a joined-up approach that gives the young person the best chance of feeling supported and being able to thrive.

Also, I hold an up-to-date Enhanced DBS certificate.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling (Accredited by BACP)
  • Advanced Diploma in Supervision (Accredited by NCPS)
  • Masters Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
  • Masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (Metanoia Institute)
  • Member of NCPS and I adhere to their Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate

Member organisations

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each session is 50 minutes.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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In person

I offer supervision to counsellors and counsellors in training.

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James Melvin
James Melvin