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About me

Creative arts and talking one to one therapy for adults and young people and children. Melanie offers one to one talking therapy and counselling for adults and children and young people.

Therapy can help with any number of challenges in a person’s life and can be of value in any life phase.

Some areas in which therapy and counselling can offer support:

  • Bereavement
  • Life transition e.g. relocation, separation from partner
  • Family disputes
  • Relationships
  • Loneliness
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Self harm
  • Depression
  • Difficulty making a life decision e.g. leave a job or end a relationship
  • Low self esteem
  • Childhood trauma
  • Addiction

I have specialist experience in Early Developmental Trauma, Adoption and Attachment.

Virtual Therapy

Since 2020 I have been working online and on the phone with the view to becoming face to face (if clients prefer) following government pandemic guidance. For some, online or telephone therapy suits people due to lifestyle, location or preference. For some in fact, online therapy is more comfortable than face to face. There are some benefits to meeting online and Melanie welcomes a no obligation chat about online working to find out if this could work for you. Either way it’s a great place to start therapy during the current pandemic times we find ourselves in.

Melanie uses Zoom online platform and can prepare and support you to get started.

Melanie has completed training for online therapy work with Dr Janice Filer May 2020.

I work with a whole spectrum of needs and goals and find that therapy is all about the trust in the therapeutic relationship, once trust is built, the therapy really begins and the desired change can come. I follow your pace and respond to your needs as they arise.

The work could involve talking and creative media, little talking and an emphasis on creative means or the focus could be with talk. It all depends on what works for the individual. I respond moment to moment and always follow your pace and preference. My priority is creating safety and trust. For some people creative media can be a supportive and a gentle way to explore vulnerability and access places of pain. For others it could feel like a clear ‘no way’! This is why I always check-in with what feels right for each person, in each moment. No pushing and I aim to create an environment of allowing and permission to ‘be’.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I trained with PTUK, Leeds Beckett University from 2014 and qualified in 2018.
  • I have been working with Catchpoint CIC as a Creative  Attachment Therapist offering family and individual therapy.
  • I have specialist knowledge and experience with Early Developmental Trauma and Adoption.
  • I also work in schools across Bristol and have a home practice is Easton, Bristol.
  • I am also a trained movement practitioner from 2004-2021 Developmental Movement by Veronica Sherbourne, level 1 and 2.
  • I and experienced in working across the age range from mothers and babies through to young people and adults.

Before becoming a therapist in 2018, I working in education as a primary phase teacher, with a specialism in Early Years. I have a PGCE in Primary education, with 3-5 years specialism from Bath Spa University College in 2004.

I have worked therapeutically with children and families internationally. I spent 2 years working in Thailand and Asia.

Member organisations

PTUK

Play Therapy UK

Play Therapy UK is the largest organisation governing therapeutic play and play therapy in the United Kingdom. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Play Therapy UK

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.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

I welcome a no charge first meeting, no obligation on the phone or online.

£50 per session (1 hour)

Availability

Monday until 9.30am - 7pm

Tuesday until 9.30am - 2pm

Wednesday until 9.30am - 7pm

Bristol
Somerset
BS5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked

There are 2 steps up to my door.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Melanie Griffiths

Melanie Griffiths