About me

I am a BACP registered integrative counsellor and I provide a warm, non-judgemental and inclusive space open to individuals of all cultures, backgrounds, orientations and abilities.

Whether you are dealing with long-standing difficulties that you feel limit your ability to live a fulfilling life or you are going through a difficult patch due to a specific experience or issue, I can help you by providing a safe space where you can voice what is going on for you. My aim is to facilitate a process where you can identify your needs and live a fuller and more authentic life.

As integrative therapist I draw on different approaches including psychodynamic, person-centred and Gestalt. In order to better meet your needs and support your self-expression, when relevant I incorporate the use of images and symbols, dreams and art.

I work in a relational way which means that I believe that how you and I relate during the sessions can give us important insight into all relationships in your life, including how you see yourself. For me the quality of the authentic relationship we establish is at the core of the healing and transformative process.

I offer time-limited and open-ended therapy, depending on needs and circumstances.

At the initial session we will have the opportunity to get to know each other and to decide how we might work together. Sessions will be held at the same time and the same place.

Other than in English, I offer sessions in Italian and Spanish.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD (Centre for Personal and Professional Development) and a Foundation Course in Intercultural Psychodynamic Approaches from Refugee Therapy Centre.

My background as a counsellor involved working at ELMS (East London Mental Health Service), seeing clients from a variety of backgrounds and dealing with a broad range of mental health difficulties.

I worked for charities in the field of mental wellbeing for many years, supporting adults going through difficult and painful times in their lives. I have extensive experience in supporting people with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families, from the point of diagnosis to end-of-life, and families going through bereavement. One of my areas of expertise is working with people affected by dementia. I also worked with migrants and refugees with experiences of trauma and living with complex mental health difficulties.

My areas of interest and expertise include abuse, anger, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, effects of migration and displacement, end of life and death, intrusive thoughts and compulsions, living with dementia, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, managing illness or disability, relationship difficulties, sexual identity and sexuality, shame and guilt, trauma.

Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPPD, London)
  • Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (CPPD, London)
  • Foundation Course in Intercultural Psychodynamic Approaches (Refugee Therapy Centre, London)
  • MA, History of Political and Juridical Institutions (Università Statale degli Studi, Milan; Universidad Autónoma, Madrid)
  • BA (Hons.), Modern History (Università Statale degli Studi, Milan)

Member organisations

BACP

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

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

My fee is £65 for a 50 minutes session.

I have a limited number of reduced cost places for people who are unemployed or on a low income. Please enquire and I would be happy to discuss this over the phone or at our initial session.

Further information

If you have any questions, would like to know more about how I work or to book an initial session please do get in touch.

I aim to respond to your query within 48 hours. All points of contact are confidential.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Italian, Spanish

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Marta Meli

Marta Meli