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About me

I am an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor and iRest Yoga Nidra Certified Teacher with many years of experience working with people from various backgrounds, facing various challenges.

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

I can 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 confidence and clarity in finding the way forward.

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

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

I am an integrative counsellor, bringing together several influences. I have completed trainings 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 and the Eastern Wisdom traditions.

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

My therapy practice is called Homecoming Therapy as part of my way of working, using tools like iRest, is helping people come home to themselves, connecting to their true nature, of peace and well-being, that is always present, even if it has become covered over as a result of life's challenges.

I am influenced by the eastern wisdom traditions as well as western psychology. While Western psychology often focuses on that which feels wrong or broken, the wisdom traditions remind us there is a part of us that is perfect, well and whole.

Connecting to these inner resources is tremendously helpful when meeting difficult inner states, such as anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, or dealing with life challenges.

Although I draw from traditions that could be called spiritual traditions, I don't impose any belief systems but instead create a relationship that supports people to connect to themselves, their wholeness and their right path.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • 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.

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

£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. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom
Melanie Johnson MBACP (Accred) - Homecoming Therapy

Melanie Johnson MBACP (Accred) - Homecoming Therapy