Melanie Hunter-Purvis BA (Hons)
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, I offer you a genuine, non-judgemental and empathic relationship, in a safe, confidential and supportive therapeutic setting.
Choosing the right counsellor for you is vitally important, as the relationship is integral 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 able to provide short and long term therapies to both adults and children from 4 years old. Working with children through Play Therapy involves using metaphor, image and narrative, in order to determine how the child is feeling about themselves and their world, at any given time.
My practice, among others, focuses on mental health issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, eating issues and suicidal thoughts. I am also a Mental Health First Aider as well as 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 am a member of the Counselling Association, attend regular CPD and Public Health – Making Every Contact Count training, as well as attending regular monthly supervision, to ensure continued professionalism and ethical standards are maintained.
An initial free consultation offers an opportunity for you to share concerns, and determine which approach may be best suited to your needs, at a pace comfortable and most beneficial for you.
Counselling is offered at our welcoming office: Regus, 4 Admiral Way, Doxford Park, Sunderland. SR3 3XW.
Parking and disabled access is available, home visits (under certain circumstances) are also an option, as well as Skype or telephone counselling. I am available daytime, evenings and weekends.
You can contact me by mobile: 07444 018477 landline: 0191 5018789 or by email.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Counselling
- FDA Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Mental Health First Aid
- Eating Disorders
- Play Therapy
- Suicide Awareness
- Learning Disabilities
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My standard fees are as follows:
- Individual - £30 - £40 per 60 minute session
- Group - £10 per person for 60 minute session
- Mindfulness - £10 per person for 30 minute session
- Skype or telephone - £30 per session
*Discounts may be offered depending on circumstances.
I qualified as a Counsellor with a Distinction in my Foundation Degree through Sunderland University. I will further study my Bachelor of Arts in Counselling & Psychology from September 2018.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available during normal business hours, evenings or weekends.
Types of client