Melanie Hall - Counsellor/Addictions Therapist MBACP (Accred)
The Coronavirus has hit all of us, in different ways, and I am here to support you if you are having a tough time at the moment. Maybe you are facing major changes in your life, such as redundancy or relationship issues. Maybe you have turned to alcohol, food, etc in an attempt to deal with difficult feelings. I can help you with strategies so that you feel calmer and better able to cope. Call me or email now for a FREE initial telephone consultation.
I can help you to;
- Understand the reasons behind your anxiety and depression, and develop practical strategies that work for you.
- Work on behaviours or ways of relating to others that cause you problems.
- Recover from use of unhealthy coping strategies (addictive behaviours or substance misuse) and develop new, healthy ways to cope.
- Improve self-esteem and confidence so you can achieve your personal and professional goals.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy, all underpinned by humanistic, person-centred principles. I work to high professional standards, providing complete confidentiality and privacy for my clients. My approach is non-judgemental, empathic and focussed on empowering you to develop greater resilience and more effective problem-solving strategies. I offer appointments online (using Zoom) at flexible times so that you can access the support that I can provide from the comfort of your own home.
Issues I am experienced in working with, are as follows:
- Anxiety and stress
- Loss and bereavement
- Managing life changes
- Relationship issues
- Work issues
How to get started:
Email me to arrange a free 20-minute telephone consultation where you can ask any questions you have. During your first session, we will work at your pace to understand the difficulties you are facing, then plan our work together. I am happy to work with you for just a few sessions, or you may wish to work on issues in more depth over an extended period of time, which I can also accommodate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Working with anxiety, depression and difficult emotions...
I provide counselling and psychotherapy around a wide range of issues, helping many clients who are experiencing anxiety and depression to develop coping strategies and get their lives back on track. I deliver coaching to individuals around personal and professional development, having more than 15 years of experience in leadership and management roles in local Government and charities prior to re-training as a therapist.
Working with addictions...
I am passionate about working with people struggling with addictions, or who are worried that their use of alcohol or drugs, or other addictive behaviours has become out of hand. I believe in the importance of working with clients to understand what drives them to use these coping mechanisms and learn new ways to deal with emotions. Please ring me to talk about the comprehensive package of support I can offer if your use of alcohol, drugs or other substances is causing problems for you.
Support for families affected by addictions...
I also offer support for individuals who have a loved one struggling with addictions, please see this article that I contributed to for some advice and information that you may find helpful. https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/what-christmas-is-like-when-someone-you-love-has-an-addiction-368361.
I work holistically, emphasising the importance of self-care in supporting emotional health, and I offer ‘Walking talking therapy’ to clients, using the natural environment to facilitate psychological therapy and physical health.
My other areas of interest are abuse, including domestic abuse, and childhood trauma. I work to the BACP Code of Ethics for the Counselling Professions and in accordance with this I have regular clinical supervision for all my work.
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (Merit) - University of Teesside
- NCFE Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory - Middlesbrough College
- NCFE Level 2 Counselling Skills - Darlington College
- Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement - Royal Institute of Public Health
- Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership - University of Wolverhampton
- Advanced Diploma in Management Practice - University of Newcastle upon Tyne
- BSc(Hons) Environmental Studies - University of Hertfordshire
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation for you to ask any questions and see if I am the right therapist for you. There is no obligation to go ahead with therapy.
Each one hour counselling session costs £50
Telephone and online sessions are available at £50 per session.
Reduced fees are available for counselling and therapy trainees and for people with limited incomes, please enquire for details.
I offer a package of support for those struggling with addictions, please take advantage of the telephone consultation to find out more about this.