Melanie Bastin MBACP (Registered)
I am a qualified Counsellor working Humanistically and Person Centred in the Cam and Dursley area. I have a wide range of experience having worked with clients who have been abused, bereaved and have difficulties coping with their health. I have also worked with clients who are having to cope with disability, relationship difficulties the complexities of being a carer and those suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem and much more.
During our lives we experience difficulties that are hard to deal with and Counselling is a place which is safe, where you can explore your emotions and feelings. Counselling can be like a roller coaster looking at your emotions and feelings but I will be with you while you process them and look at how you can cope with whatever you bring to counselling.
As well as providing private counselling I have worked with Carers in Wiltshire and Cruse Bereavement Care as a Bereavement volunteer and Supervisor.
What I Offer
I offer short term (up to 6 sessions) and long term counselling, the number of sessions is based on your needs which we will discuss at our first meeting. At our first meeting we will also establish a contract together covering confidentiality and boundaries and after a couple of sessions and at regular intervals we will review how we are working together to ensure that you are getting the best out of therapy. 1 to 1 counselling is available in my counselling room, at your home or your care home. DUE TO THE CORONVIRUS PANDEMIC FOLLOWING SOCIAL ISOLATION GUIDELINES AND FOR THE SAFETY OF CLIENTS BY AVOIDING FACE TO FACE I CAN ONLY OFFER SKYPE OR PHONE CALL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
I work with the able bodied, those who are physically disabled, adults who are young and those who are not so young.
I am near the M5 between Junction 13 and 14 and will do home visits in and around the towns and villages near Dursley including Tetbury, Wotton-under-Edge and Berkley.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling .
- Open University Courses in Health and Social Care
- Open University Working with Children and Families
- Open University Death and Dying.
- Foundation Course in Bereavement Care
- UWE District Nursing
- Retired Nurse
I take part in regular Continuous Professional Development training on a wide variety of subjects that have included Mindfulness, NHS Living Life, Self Injury, Dementia, abuse and Coping with long Term Illness -physical and mental.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and abide by their Ethical Framework, I am insured and have regular Continuous Professional Development training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Counselling Room £35 an hour
Home Visits £40 an hour
DUE TO CORONVIRUS AND FOLLOWING SOCIAL ISOLATION GUIDELINES COUNSELLING SESSIONS CAN ONLY BE BY SKYPE OR PHONE CALL AT £35 AN HOUR PAYABLE BY BACS OR CHEQUE
Available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Discounts are available for Students, those on benefits, Seniors and Stroud Loyalty Card holders.
Please explore my website and phone or email whichever is easier.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
To get to my counselling room there is one step and it isn't wheelchair friendly but I can visit you at your home.
Types of client