About me

Hello I am Melanie, do you feel frustrated with how your life is going; have issues you find hard to overcome or maybe think you can’t resolve? Do you often experience low mood, wish you were more confident, had better relationships with others? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with worries or struggling with a loss? In a nutshell, would you like to feel happier in life?

As an Integrative Person Centred Counsellor and EMDR Practitioner, I offer you a genuine, non-judgemental and empathetic relationship, in a safe, confidential and supportive therapeutic setting. I am passionate about my work, as well as the long term benefits of 'talking therapies', and I am committed to making a difference to my clients lives.

Choosing the right Counsellor for you is vitally important, as the relationship is essential to the work we will do. I will not direct you, but will encourage and support you to be responsible for your own personal growth.  Together we can work towards a better and more positive future for yourself.

My integrative approach of using various therapeutic interventions is adapted to clients’ needs, instilling an ethos that there is not one ‘best fit’, recognising the individuality and unique experiences of everyone. I am a modern practitioner, and I am dedicated to providing short and long term therapies, in a straightforward and relaxing setting both to adults and young people.

I have helped clients overcome mental health issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, eating issues and suicidal thoughts. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), abiding by their professional standards and code of ethics, to ensure clients receive the best possible support and professional service. I attend regular monthly supervision, to ensure continued professionalism and ethical standards are maintained.

A free of charge initial telephone consultation offers an opportunity for you to share concerns, and enables us to determine which approach may be best suited to your needs, at a pace most comfortable and beneficial to you.

Counselling is offered at our welcoming offices:

Regus, 4 Admiral Way, Doxford Park, Sunderland. SR3 3XW or CoShabang Ltd, Valley House, T.V.T.E. Gateshead. NE11 0JW

Parking and disabled access is available, home visits (under certain circumstances) are also an option.

I offer online or telephone counselling and I am available daytime, early evening and Sundays.

You can contact me by mobile: 07444 018477 or by email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Counselling
  • FDA Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • EMDR
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Eating Disorders
  • Play Therapy
  • Safeguarding
  • Suicide Awareness
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mindfulness

Member organisations


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.


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My standard fees are as follows:

  • Individual  - £45 per session
  • EMDR - £80 per session
  • Video or telephone  - £45 per session


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Available during normal business hours, evenings or weekends.

Further information

Counselling sessions take place in modern offices and reflect my way of working ie. straightforward , contemporary and relaxed. There is regular public transport and no issues with parking.

I also offer Walk and Talk Therapy.  If you would prefer to have your session  outdoors, you would be responsible for your own fitness.

4 Admiral Way
Doxford International Business Park
Tyne And Wear

Co Shabang Ltd, Valley House
Seventh Avenue
Team Valley Trading Estate
Tyne And Wear
NE11 0JW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Offices are both accessible to wheelchair users

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Melanie Hunter-Purvis

Melanie Hunter-Purvis