Dr Melanie Goulden, Chartered Counselling Psychologist
You may simply be feeling stuck in some way or you may be experiencing a major life crisis. I am experienced working with mild and moderate difficulties, as well as more complex or enduring issues.
Therapy is not just a process of dealing with problems or eliminating symptoms, it is also about developing greater satisfaction with life, and creating ways to empower yourself. Being listened to and being heard and understood are integral to emotional well-being and vital for the development of self-trust and peace of mind.
Working within the NHS means I am used to helping clients work through various different levels of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, personality disorders, PTSD, and suicidal ideation. I am experienced at working with alcoholism, other substance addictions and process addictions, and I am familiar with a 12 step approach to addiction. I am accustomed to working with clients who are suffering from the repercussions of abuse; sexual, emotional, verbal and physical.
I also offer clinical supervision for other professionals.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology and a BSc (Hons) Psychology. I have also completed specialist training for CBT and mindfulness, and Mediation Skills for Alternative Dispute Resolution trainings, making me an accredited Mediator.
I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I currently work part time within the NHS and the rest of my clinical time is spent in private practice. Within the NHS I have worked in primary care (mild to moderate difficulties), with secondary care (complex and enduring presentations), and in residential services (psychosis and also suicide risk). I have considerable experience with substance addictions (drugs and alcohol), and process addictions (sex, love, relationships etc), and have worked within HM Prison Service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Negotiable. Discounted rate for appointments before 6pm.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evenings and daytime
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|