James Melvin

MBACP Counselling for adults and young people
Bristol BS2 & BS7

About me

I offer integrative counselling in Bristol (BS2/BS7 Stokes Croft, Cheltenham Road, Gloucester Road area) to adults, children and young people. 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.  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. 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. I'm currently training on what is considered to be the world's leading CWTP course but have been offering creative writing exercises and workshops for clients and other counsellors for years.

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 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 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
  • Masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (Metanoia Institute) (completing in 2023)
  • 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

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each 50 minute session is £50.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer supervision to counsellors and counsellors in training.

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James Melvin

James Melvin