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About me

My name is Mel Burgess. I am an experienced counsellor and I offer short, medium and long term therapy. I offer a range of counselling therapies to suit your needs and I specialise in Transactional Analysis, a model of counselling that promotes personal growth and change.

People come to counselling for a variety of reasons. Some people come with a specific issue such as bereavement, loss, relationship or work issues, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, confidence issues or gender concerns. Some people feel generally overwhelmed with the challenges that life brings.

Whatever your need I offer a safe, confidential and supportive space where you can talk about what's worrying you without the fear of being judged, so you feel heard and valued.

I live and work in Paddock Wood Kent. My practice has free parking and is within walking distance of Paddock Wood train station.

I offer an initial free consultation where you can see how you experience working with me.

I have a small number of reduced cost sessions available for clients on a low income.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Counselling and a Masters degree in Inter-professional Health and Social Care. I have completed 4 years post graduate psychotherapy training.

I have over 30 years experience of working in health and the voluntary sector including 20 years of hospice experience.

I have worked with people with a variety of acute and long-term mental health conditions.

I am a member of United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and the National Counselling Society (NCS) and as such abide by their code of ethics.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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 Society

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

  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Transactional analysis

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My fees are £40 for an individual 50 minute counselling session and, £50 for couples. Couples sessions are 60 minutes.

Cash, cheque or electronic transfers accepted.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Further information

I offer an initial free consultation for us both to decide if we would like to work together. For more information please call me on 07842 422085 or e mail at mburgesscounselling@gmail.com to book an appointment.

Day, evening, weekend and early morning appointments available.

Paddock Wood

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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


Days, evenings and Saturdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Mel Burgess MSc, Dip Counselling, Accredited, UKATA Registered

Mel Burgess MSc, Dip Counselling, Accredited, UKATA Registered