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I am an MBACP Accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist working face to face in private practice with adults over 16 years of age. I have 14 years experience of supporting others working with life's struggles, anxieties, sadnesses, traumatising experiences, relationships issues and depression. Experience in assessing suitability for therapy in a charitable agency setting, providing patient counselling in a GP practice on behalf of the NHS, and in private practice.

I hold a WPF Graduate and Postgraduate Training in Psychodynamic Counselling and continually expand my knowledge of the application of psychotherapy through Continuing Professional Development. I adhere to the British Association of Counselling & Psycotherapy Ethical Framework for Professional Private Practice.

I am a suggested therapist for counselling students as a requirement of their training and am also a registered provider of psychological therapy for Employee Assistance Programmes and medical insurance companies. A background in an international Higher Education environment provides insight and understanding of those issues commonly faced by those living away from their homeland and the stresses of student life.

What I offer

I am an insightful and approachable therapist offering both short and longer term therapy to help with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, feeling sad, separation and divorce, family issues, relationship issues, stress, bipolar disorder, trauma, abuse, bereavement and loss of health, status or meaning to life, shame and guilt, feelings of emptiness and isolation (even when with others). I am widely experienced in working across the broad spectrum of life’s difficulties which can feel overwhelming or isolating when you feel stuck and don’t know where to turn in order to move forwards. Families and friends cannot always provide what we are looking for - even if we have them.

In a professional but relaxed and confidential atmosphere, you will find a safe, tranquil space in which to unburden, reflect, understand, challenge, face fears and nightmares, change or mourn irretrievable loss.  In once weekly sessions you can talk in confidence without fear of judgement.  Twice weekly appointments are available where appropriate.  This comforting, uplifting and restorative relationship supports you through the process of learning to understand why you feel and react the way you do, and understand how to manage your feelings better, You can begin to view yourself, your life and those around you differently and manage what life has presented you with.

How I can help you

Each therapeutic relationship is a deeply personal and individual experience in which the evolving relationship between us is a valuable part of the work.  Difficulties in other relationships can surface, to be worked with and resolved within our relationship, and it is really important to find the therapist who feels right for you.  Psychodynamic therapy aims to explore the way we react, relate, behave, manage distress and defend ourselves from emotional pain.  This process of self understanding supported by informed support, interpretation and emotional support, looks both to the past but also at the present and to the future to consider tackling life enhancing changes.  It helps -

  • Learn to express your needs and manage strong emotions without hurting anyone;
  • Understand how you relate to others, often reflecting ways of relating established in childhood, and repeated in the therapeutic relationship;
  • Find acceptance for who you are, to encourage increased self esteem and reduce anxiety;
  • Learn how to be independent, taking responsibility for your actions;
  • Work through past traumatic experiences in a safe environment to reduce the distressing ongoing impact of complex trauma;
  • Mourn the loss of loved ones, relationships, declining health, the effects of ageing and lost opportunities;
  • Manage major life change – redundancy, retirement, post natal depression, etc.
  • Address destructive, repetitive behaviour patterns and substance abuse.

What to expect

Though silences provoke thinking and reflection, I do not believe in silences which feel persecutory and I strive to engage with you. An initial assessment meeting explores whether psychodynamic therapy seems appropriate for your needs and whether this can be worked with in short term work of a fixed number of sessions to address a particular immediate need, or whether longer-term counselling of no fixed duration will be most beneficial. If necessary I can help you find alternative ways forward. Longer term working provides an opportunity to explore more deeply the roots of your distress.  Where helpful, aspects of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) might be incorporated in the regular weekly 50-minute appointments which are held wherever possible at the same time each week.

If you feel encouraged to find out more about therapy with me, you can read more at my website www.pottersbarcounselling.co.uk or contact me to talk it over on the email link or telephone number at the top of the page.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • HBCF Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • WPF Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • WPF Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • EMDR Therapist in training - Parts 1 and 2 EMDR Works Theory & Practice of EMDR
  • WPF Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Individuals with the Couple in Mind
  • BACP Accredited
  • UKRCP Registered
  • Member, Association of Independent Practitioners
  • Aviva Health and Nuffield Health approved provider of counselling/psychological therapies
  • Registered provider of psychotherapeutic services to Employee Assistance Programmes

I commit to continuing professional development and receive regular clinical supervision, working appropriately, safely and ethically in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework.

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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.


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

  • Workplace relationships
  • Feelings of emptiness, loneliness and isolation
  • Shame and guilt
  • Health issues
  • Problems that keep repeating themselves
  • Physical symptoms with no organic cause
  • Student issues
  • Mid-life crisis
  • Life stage issues
  • Mood swings
  • Mourning
  • Counselling/psychotherapy students seeking therapy as part of their training

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Weekday daytime and evening appointments.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Initial assessment and occasional other appointments may be arranged outside of these hours by arrangement.

Further information

5 minutes from junctions 23 and 24 of M25, 5 minutes from A1 junction 1.

5 minutes from Brookmans Park.  10 minutes from Cuffley, Barnet, Hatfield, Hadley Wood and Cockfosters.

Bus routes 84 and 610 provide easy access to the practice.  Potters Bar station is a 15 minute uphill walk.

Potters Bar

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

First floor practice facility Parking on drive


Melanie Collins

Melanie Collins