Hi, I'm Malla. I help people with depression and low mood to gain resources and clarity so that they can enjoy life again.
Perhaps you’ve been told that you suffer from depression, or think you do. Maybe you have noticed that the things you used to enjoy don’t feel the same, or maybe your relationships are suffering.
Perhaps you feel like you are failing at your tasks at work, home, or in your studies, or you feel like you are letting yourself and others down.
Feeling low temporarily is a normal part of life, but a continuing feeling of dread or hopelessness is something you don’t need to deal with alone.
I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and my passion is to help people overcome depression and move on to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I also work with clients with a variety of other issues including anxiety, loss and bereavement, self-esteem and issues around cultural, sexual, and gender identity.
How I work:
Being person-centred means that I work specifically with the issues you bring to therapy. I don’t offer ready-made answers, but I provide you with a safe and supportive space to find the solutions and resources that feel right for you.
I work with you to build your confidence and self-awareness so that you are able to make peace with yourself and your past. You can expect me to be warm, empathic and accepting of you and anything you choose to explore. Therapy is a safe time and place to explore anything that holds you back from enjoying life. My work is to support you during this journey as you discover your way forwards.
I offer both short- and long term therapy. Short-term counselling usually takes between 6 -12 sessions, and is focused around a specific problem that you want to address. Long term, or open-ended therapy, goes deeper into the issues you face and the experiences that have shaped you. It can provide a long lasting change in your outlook on life and yourself.
We discuss your needs and wishes when we first meet; the frequency of sessions, expected length of our work together and the cost of therapy, so that you can make a fully informed decision.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Masters degree with distinction in Clinical Counselling from the University of Chester. This training is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My core approach is person-centred and my work is informed by the core principles of humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic theory, as well as mindfulness and current developments in neuroscience. I work with the awareness of the effects of trauma.
I also hold a Level 1 Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling approved by ACTO - Association for Counselling & Therapy Online, ensuring that I can work ethically and safely online with you.
MA Clinical Counselling, University of Chester
PG Diploma in Clinical Counselling, University of Chester
Certificate in Clinical Counselling, University of Chester
Counselling Concepts and Skills Development, University of Chester
My clinical experience comes from the NHS, where I have worked with clients who struggle with depression and/or anxiety. Alongside my private clients, I offer counselling at a charity for people with various issues, who have experienced a bereavement, or a series of losses. I have worked with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultural, socio-economic and gender identities. My experience of living in a host of different countries informs my practice.
As a core part of my continuing development as a therapist, I undertake regular training and supervision. In addition to my professional qualifications, I have engaged in training in the following topics:
Working with Suicidal Clients
Self-harm and Self-injury
Working with Shame
Goals in Therapy
Pluralistic Approach to Therapy
Various trainings on Loss and Bereavement
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Therapy should be affordable and not make you struggle financially. I will discuss your individual situation in our first session. I offer a concession rate to students and previous clients from my work at the NHS and SDBLSS.
I also offer a limited number of low cost spaces to enable people on low income to access counselling. Please contact me for further details and availability.
To view my current availability or to book an introductory call, please copy this link to your browser: https://calendly.com/mallasofialong
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I currently work entirely online via Zoom and over the telephone. This enables you to access therapy from the comfort of your own home. After lockdown restrictions end, I will continue to serve all my online clients across the UK, as well as return to face-to-face sessions in Newport, Shropshire.
I understand how distressing it is to be put on a waiting list when you need support. I aim to offer you a first meeting within a week, whenever possible.