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About me

I offer integrative counselling in Bristol (Bishopston/Gloucester Road area) to adults, children and young people. For the time being, all my work is online (Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp etc) and telephone only. I also offer Walk and Talk sessions where we meet outside and talk as we walk in a socially distanced way. Also, if the circumstances are right, home visits, where I travel to your home.


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.

Children and Young People

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 have been working as a counsellor in a Bristol secondary school since 2012 and more recently in private practice. I have also done rigorous and comprehensive training specifically for working with children and 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 NCS)
  • Masters Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
  • Member of the BACP and I adhere to their Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

Each 50 minute session is £50 for individuals or £65 for families.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer supervision to counsellors and counsellors in training.

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James Melvin MBACP Counselling for adults and young people

James Melvin MBACP Counselling for adults and young people