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About me

I am an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor and iRest Yoga Nidra Certified Teacher.

I provide a safe space and reliable relationship, allowing an opportunity to reflect, explore and be inspired, free from the roles, restrictions and risk of judgment present in other relationships and settings.

I am able to bear witness to your story and situation, bringing sensitivity and respect to the experiences, strategies and choices that have brought you to this point. And I can be a trusted ally while you gain clarity and confidence in finding the way forward.

I work in a way that is gentle, organic and also creative and intuitive. What emerges from our conversations informs the direction taken next, with discussion and negotiation at each step.

As well as traditional counselling, I offer meditations and explorations that can provide new resources and fresh insights into states and situations. Previous clients regularly use words like 'deep' or 'powerful' in relation to the work they have done with me. That said my work is also trauma-informed and appropriately paced. 

I am flexible and collaborative, working with people in a way that supports their natural rhythm, pace and process.

I bring together several influences in the way I work. I have completed training in Person-Centred Counselling, Embodied Relational Therapy, Family Constellations therapy and iRest Yoga Nidra. I also draw from other approaches such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory, the 12-steps, non-duality and the Eastern Wisdom traditions.

If you would like to learn more about how I work, and if it is right for you, I offer a 20-30 minute conversation free from obligation.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • 1996-1999 Diploma in Counselling
  • 2001-2002 Embodied Relational Therapy Diploma
  • 2002-2003 Advanced Diploma Embodied Relational Therapy
  • 2004 - Accredited Counsellor status awarded
  • 2018- iRest Level 1 Yoga Nidra Teacher training
  • 2019-iRest Level 2 Yoga Nidra Teacher training
  • 2020 - iRest Yoga Nidra Certified Teacher status awarded
  • 2021- Family Constellations Practitioner Training

(More information about my qualifications is on my website)

Work Experience

  • 2000-2005 Counsellor, Preston College
  • 2005-2010 Counsellor, University of South Wales
  • 2019-Present, Private Practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

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 am able to support people who have experienced abuse from those with narcissistic traits, in families and in other interpersonal relationships.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Standard sessions are between an hour and an hour and ten minutes. Longer sessions are available. 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Further information

As well as one to one therapy work, I teach a type of yoga therapy, called iRest Yoga Nidra, that supports recovery from trauma, anxiety and other mental health difficulties. More information about iRest is on my website and at www.iRest.org.

Although I draw from traditions that could be called spiritual traditions, I bring these practices and principles into my work in a secular way. I am careful to not impose any belief systems but instead seek to support people to connect to their uniqueness and wholeness, and the path that is right for them. I value and support diversity.

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Melanie Johnson

Melanie Johnson