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About me

Which Counsellor do you choose? Do you select one with the most qualifications? The one with the most letters after their name? The kindest face in the profile picture? Do you choose the most expensive one or indeed the cheapest? I would encourage you to trust your intuition when choosing a Counsellor - what is this telling you?

My approach as a Counsellor combines honesty, care and respect to help you work towards a better understanding of yourself. I know through both personal and professional experience that there are times in life when we all need some help along the way - to acknowledge this takes courage. l have worked as a Counsellor for 12 years with a wide variety of issues and work with both individuals and couples.

I have received Accreditation status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which means that my practice has been deemed to meet BACP's higher standard as a competent, ethical, independent practitioner.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked as a Support Worker, Counsellor and Support Worker Supervisor for a youth charity in Hampshire for several years supporting vulnerable children and their parents/carers. I am also experienced in community working as a Homestart volunteer supporting families in crisis. I have also worked for an International company as a Personal Development Mentor, coaching young apprentices in addition to working as a Counsellor in private practice.  I am also an ex-serving member of HM Forces with an in-depth awareness of the challenges this can bring and the impact this can have on relationships and families.

I am an experienced practitioner working with many issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Phobias
  • Addictions
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Infidelity/Affairs
  • Life Changes/Transitions
  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem
  • Eating Issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bereavement/Loss
  • Professional/Career Issues
  • College/Graduate School Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Experiences
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Gender Issues
  • LGBTQ Related Issues
  • Overwhelming/Unfamiliar feelings


Qualifications and Continuous Professional Development

  • Currently undergoing Diploma in Trauma Therapy
  • Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accredited)
  • BA (Hons) in Counselling (Integrative)
  • Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
  • BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Person Centred)
  • International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy (IARTT) Certificate
  • National Open College Network Accreditation Course for Voluntary Work in Youth Counselling
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Certificate in Ecotherapy and Walk and Talk
  • Working with Sandtrays Certificate
  • NCFE Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory Certificate
  • NCFE Level 2 Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Introductory certificate in Trauma and Recovery
  • Transgender awareness Training
  • Depression Awareness workshop
  • Autism Awareness Training
  • Trauma: Somatisation and Dissociation Certificate
  • Relational Trauma and working with Disorganised Attachment
  • Working with Addiction: underlying causes
  • Working with bereaved clients
  • Self Care and the way between Self-Harm training
  • Dyslexia/Dyspraxia Awareness Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Awareness Certificate
  • Unconditional Positive Regard (Acceptance) Workshop
  • Caring for the Carer Development Training
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Awareness workshop
  • Person-Centred Art Therapy
  • Working with young people Training certificate
  • Home-Start Volunteer Course

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am qualified to practice Rewind Trauma Therapy by the International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy dealing with PTSD and traumatic experiences.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Additional information

  • Please either call, text or email me with your enquiry. I always try to respond on the same day. Payments can be made by card, cash, Paypal, bank transfer or izettle card payment.

Individuals -

  • 1st session - £40.00 for 1 hour
  • subsequent sessions cost £50.00 per 1 hour session

Couples -

  • 1st session - £50 for 1 hour
  • subsequent sessions cost £60 for 1 hour or £70 for 1.5 hours

I offer FREE Rewind Trauma Therapy to Armed Forces Veterans - please view my website for further details and contact me to discuss further.


I can offer concessions for students, armed forces and people on a low/reduced income.



Availability

Daytime Appointments Monday to Thursday from 9.00am (Last evening appointment is 7.30-8.30pm)

Friday Appointments from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Further information

Please note that my therapy room is located on the first floor and unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.

Lee On The Solent
Hampshire
PO13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Zoom
Melanie Anne Youngman BA (Hons) Dip Couns MBACP (Accredited)

Melanie Anne Youngman BA (Hons) Dip Couns MBACP (Accredited)