About me

I am a qualified Counsellor and Supervisor working Humanistically and Person Centred in the Forest of Dean area. I also offer face to face via Zoom or Skype to anyone in the UK not just local clients. I have a wide range of experience having worked with clients through challenging times, helping them process issues to initiate change. I have worked with clients who have difficulties coping with their health, disability, relationship difficulties, complex bereavement, 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 what is going on for you, 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.

What I Offer
I offer to see clients locally and provide an online service via Zoom or Skype for anyone needing counselling support in the UK.

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 locally in a counselling room, at your home or your care home within the current Conronvirus Guidelines and Zoom, Skype or telephone support provided locally or anywhere in the UK

I work with the able bodied, those who are physically disabled, adults who are young and those who are not so young.

I am between Lydney, Coleford and Cinderford and will do home visits in and around the towns and villages of the Forest of Dean including Nursing and Residential Homes.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Supervisor Trained - Ascentis
  • The Science of Wellbeing - Yale University
  • Health and Social Care - Open University
  • Working with Children and Families - Open University
  • Death and Dying - Open University
  • Foundation Course in Bereavement Care
  • District Nursing - UWE
  • Retired Nurse

As well as providing Private Counselling and being an associate counsellor for Professional Help for Complex Grief, I have worked with Carers in Wiltshire and Gloucester Life Changes (Age UK, British Red Cross and Cruse) and continue to work for Cruse Bereavement Care as a Bereavement Volunteer and Supervisor.

I take part in regular Continuous Professional Development training on a wide variety of subjects that have included Mindfulness, NHS Living Life, Self Injury, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Life After Suicide, Menopause, Living in Fear, Coping in Isolation, Dementia, Abuse, Coping with long Term Illness -physical and mental and adapting, adjusting, accepting a new normal.

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.

Member organisations


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 provide Supervision for Counsellors and Counselling Students please email for further information


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling Room £40 an hour

Home Visits £40 an hour + mileage PAYABLE BY BACS OR CHEQUE


Zoom, Skype and telephone £35 per session PAYABLE BY BACS or CHEQUE

Available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Discounts are available for Students, those on benefits, Seniors 

I also provide Counselling and Supervision for Counselling Students please email me for more details and cost.


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Further information

Please explore my website and email or phone whichever is easier. I will reply to all correspondence within working hours Mon to Fri 9am-5pm asap when not working with a client.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

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.

I hire a room which is wheelchair friendly and provide home visits or online or telephone support as an alternative to face to face

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Melanie Bastin

Melanie Bastin