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I offer one to one individual counselling and couples counselling in a warm and confidential environment. For many people, counselling is an opportunity to explore issues which are troubling them, in a safe and non-judgemental space. Building a professional relationship with the right counsellor can be very rewarding and lead to greater self-awareness and freedom.
I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor, with an Integrative training.
I work in a very individual way with each client, working within an holistic framework. I may reflect on your history, current circumstances and aspects of the way you function - that is your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and your physical and spiritual being. Painful or difficult feelings, repeated patterns of behaviour or troubled relationships often have their origins in past experience and it can sometimes be difficult to make the connection or to understand why these difficulties continue to affect our lives. Left unaddressed or unexplored, these painful feelings can become repressed and buried deep down within us - they don't just vanish but are actually buried alive. They can express themselves in ways that are increasingly harmful in nature and can leave us feeling more confused, hurting, lost, low, angry and with very few or no resources to change. This can feel as if there is no choice or hope for a better and more fulfilling life.
These aspects influence and affect the core needs we all have for security, self-worth and significance.
You may feel feel disconnected and alone; you may be depressed, angry, ashamed, anxious or just plain empty. These can all lead to feelings of hopelessness and isolation; you may even feel alienated and stuck in an impasse.
Maybe you have suffered a trauma or bereavement and are finding it difficult to cope. Perhaps you have been abused and are really struggling to survive. Maybe life just seems too hard and unfair. Perhaps you feel as if you are on the outside and just don't fit in and that everybody else seems to be ok apart from you. Maybe you and your partner are not getting on. You may be suffering from the breakdown of a relationship and the aftermath of a separation, divorce or an affair and/or betrayal. Maybe the children are causing grief. Maybe you are unable to have children and would like to but for some reason cannot and are experiencing grief and loss. Maybe you have lost children, perhaps through abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, illness or accident. Perhaps you have been told that you have a terminal illness or have a health issue that is really troubling you or trying to come to terms with a disability. Maybe you are dependent on alcohol, drugs or gambling, or are addicted to something and you wish to stop it.
Maybe you are just finding it hard to keep your head above water....things are becoming too overwhelming
Sometimes it feels very difficult to impose our problems on our friends and family and at these times it can help to have support from someone impartial, who won't judge you and who has the experience and skills to help you.
As we work together, my hope is that I can help you deal more effectively with life's challenges and traumas. I could also help you to develop a deeper understanding of how your past relationships and experiences continue to influence and affect you. This understanding can help in processing thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviours, enabling you to make positive and lasting changes.
I would normally see you once a week and find that as issues become resolved, you and I will know when counselling comes to a natural and agreed end.
Training, qualifications & experience
Melanie Camu BA(Hons), Dip. Couns., DipHE Couns.
I hold a Certificate, Diploma and a DipHE in Counselling from CWR and Roehampton University.
I have extensive experience in both the voluntary and private sectors. I have worked successfully with survivors of sexual abuse, ritual, domestic, emotional and physical abuse, personality disorders, recovering addicts, rejection, adoption, anger management, bereavement, relationship issues and breakdown, depression, low self esteem, anxiety, stress, phobias, panic attacks, trauma, DID and more...
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Alongside my private practice, I have worked with ex-offenders, the homeless and the marginalised helping them as part of a team, through various projects, to re-habilitate back into society and work where possible.
I work with Dissociative Identity Disorder and trauma.
I also work with young people who have been sexually exploited.
I charge £60 per 60 minute session for individuals and £75 per 75 minute session for couples
I am a member of the ACC and BACP and adhere to the BACP and ACC Code of Ethics for Good Practice