Dr Melanie Goulden, Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Hallo, my name is Dr Melanie Goulden.
Making the choice to start therapy or counselling may feel frightening or confusing, so finding the right person can be daunting, particularly when you are already feeling vulnerable and distressed. I offer a free 20 minute phone conversation to help you discuss your situation and choices. You may simply be feeling stuck in some way, or you may be experiencing a major life crisis or have a long term difficulty.
I am a fully trained, registered, chartered Counselling Psychologist. I practise a collaborative therapy, which means we work together to understand your specific circumstances, experiences and struggles. My work and approach is always guided by the individual goals and circumstances of each client.
Therapy is not just about dealing with problems or eliminating symptoms, it is also about developing greater satisfaction with life, and creating ways to empower yourself. Being listened to, being heard and being understood are integral to emotional well-being. This is also vital for the development of self-trust and peace of mind.
I provide talking therapy for adults and adolescents for brief or long term interventions. My experience includes working with mild and moderate difficulties, as well as those which are more complex or enduring.
I have worked within the NHS for several years and I am used to helping clients work through different types of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, personality disorders, PTSD, and suicidal ideation.
I have experience working with alcoholism, 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.
All sessions currently offered via phone, Zoom, or WhatsApp.
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.
I am an accredited mediator having trained in Mediation Skills for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
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 remainder of my clinical work is 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 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.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Evenings and daytime