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Melanie Jane Hickling Person Centred Counsellor BA. MA. MBACP

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 1AY
07717 260151 07717 260151
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 1AY

About me

I am a person centred counsellor and I offer a genuine therapeutic relationship in a safe, confidential and supportive therapeutic environment where you can express anything that is on your mind. I have been working as a voluntary counsellor for a charity in Nottingham and I continue to do my voluntary work alongside my private practice. I have gained a lot of experience working with a variety of presenting issues including clients experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings and thoughts, obsessive compulsive disorder, survivors of suicide attempts, self-injury, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood abuse (male and female), rape and sexual assault (male and female), grief, loss and bereavement. I have been involved in counselling since 2008. I trained at The University of Nottingham and I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am working towards accreditation. My practice is guided by the BACP Code of Conduct and Ethics.

To find out more about what person centred counselling involves: http://www.bapca.org.uk/about/what-is-it.html

Working with me can provide you with:

  • A safe and confidential space to explore what you are thinking and feeling.
  • A genuine therapeutic relationship based on trust, encouragement and support.
  • A counsellor who listens with acceptance and understanding rather than judgement and instruction.
  • A time and space where there are no conditions placed on your worth as a human being
  • A time and space to feel and talk about what you are thinking and feeling.
  • A time and space where you can ‘be’.
  • The opportunity to work at your own pace and explore material that is important to you
  • A time and space for self-reflection, self-awareness and self-discovery.
  • A time and space where you can experience a healing process .
  • Empowerment: discovery of your own solutions leading to trust in yourself and your own ability to make decisions and choose what is right for you.
  • A time and space where you can explore any personal traumas.
  • An understanding of who you are, your thoughts reactions and experiences.


"Thank you so much Mel for all your patience at what for me was such a difficult time"

"I have found you to be very gentle and supportive, you have enabled me to share my pain, thank you"

Training, qualifications & experience

ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts - The Sherwood Institute

ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills - Castle College

Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling Practice - The University of Nottingham

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Masters Degree in Trauma Studies - The University of Nottingham

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience working with a variety of presenting issues including:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal feelings and thoughts
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Survivors of suicide attempts
  • Self-injury
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Childhood abuse (male and female)
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Personal development

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


£25 for our first meeting and £40.00 per 50 minute session after.

Further information

I work with individual clients over the age of 18.

Continuing Professional Development

Grief and Loss

Working with Self-Harm

Secondary Traumatization of the Counsellor

Working in a Person-Centred Way with other theory thoughts

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Domestic Abuse

Honour Abuse and Asylum

Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse


Deliberate Self Harm / Empowerment

Issues and Perspectives around Sexual Minority Clients

Animal Assisted Therapy

Working with Carers


Mental Health First Aid

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4 Cavendish Crescent North
The Park

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


Please make contact for available times.

Types of client

Older adults
Melanie Jane Hickling Person Centred Counsellor  BA. MA. MBACP

Melanie Jane Hickling Person Centred Counsellor BA. MA. MBACP