Melanie Jane Hickling Person Centred Counsellor
5 Pelham Crescent North
3A Pelham Court
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. There are no small problems, whatever you bring into the counselling room will be respected and heard. I am guided by what you feel is important to focus on in counselling and I will provide a therapeutic space where you can explore what is important to you. Person Centred Counselling is an empowering approach which can support you in finding your own answers, developing trust in yourself and your own experiences. The core belief is that you know what hurts and you have the answers inside you; I work closely with your experience of your life, thoughts and feelings to help you gain a deeper awareness and understanding of what is happening or what has happened in your life.
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, personality disorder, childhood abuse (male and female), rape and sexual assault, grief, loss and bereavement. Grief, bereavement and loss are a broad subject and sometimes losses like loss of job, loss of childhood and loss of ideals are lost or overlooked under the category of grief and bereavement. Change often causes a process of grieving because when something changes, there are often many losses associated even when what has changed is positive.
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.
I work with individual clients over the age of 18.
"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
BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Practice - The University of Nottingham
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
I am currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Trauma Studies.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have gained a lot of experience working with a variety of presenting issues including:
- Suicidal feelings and thoughts
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Survivors of suicide attempts
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Personality disorder
- Childhood abuse (male and female)
- Rape and sexual assault
- Grief, loss and bereavement
- Personal development
£25 for our first meeting and £40.00 per 50 minute session after.
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)
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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have both evening and daytime appointments available. Please make contact for available times.
Types of client