Melanie Key Psychotherapist (UKCP), CTA, Counsellor (MBACP)
I am an experienced UKCP and BACP registered Psychotherapist, Counsellor, and Relational Transactional Analyst, working with individuals, couples, families and groups. I am also offer Supervision to counselling trainees. I have worked with a wide variety of individuals presenting with varied levels of emotional/psychological difficulties and trauma. I offer both short term, solution focussed counselling or longer term deeper psychotherapy depending on your needs.
Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement, or difficulty with relationships etc and you may be aware of what you want to work on. But equally you may be less clear about what is troubling you, and may have a more general sense of something being ‘not right’, or a feeling of stuckness or emptiness. I provide a safe, supportive and confidential space, that is outside of your everyday life, where together we can explore the difficulties you are experiencing, and reflect on what you might wish to change. I am trained in Relational Transactional Analysis, which is an approach that can offer great insight into how we operate within ourselves and within relationships. My approach is also integrative, which means I draw on various other models, including Object relations, Attachment theory, and CBT, so that I can tailor what I do to most suit your needs. I will work with you towards an accurate understanding of your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours with a view to helping you resolve any difficulties.
Particularly with longer term psychotherapy, working relationally means I pay particular attention to the dynamics emerging in our sessions because this provides a useful opportunity for us to explore these together and can help to increase your insight into possible repetitive patterns that you might bring into other relationships. The ultimate aim of our work together is to help you develop an improved sense of emotional wellbeing so that you can enjoy life to the full.
With couples I help you to explore your relationship, deepening your understanding of the dynamics and patterns that occur between you, and the core issues that lead you to feel dissatisfied. Together we address the difficulties and conflicts safely and you will be able to move forward, in whatever way is right for you.
For individuals and couples I suggest an initial session at my normal rate. This is an opportunity for us to meet and for you to tell me your reasons for seeking therapy, and to explore your possible expectations and think about your goals. You are not obliged to book any further sessions. If we agree to work together then we book further sessions, but if for any reason either of us believes that an alternative route or different person is needed, I will do my best to refer you on to someone suitable.
I would normally expect to see you weekly and sessions are of 50 minutes duration, usually on the same day and at the same time each week. Sometimes it is possible to arrange longer sessions or more frequent sessions, if we both agree this would be desirable.
Please email me with your inquiry and I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours during the working week. I am happy to speak on the phone if you wish to discuss anything further or to make arrangements for an initial session, however please bear in mind that I am often in session with clients and therefore unable to respond to calls immediately. My therapy room is 5 minutes from Ealing Broadway station.
- Relationship and couple counselling.
- Trauma, history of abuse, complex relational trauma and PTSD.
- Loss and bereavement.
- Anxiety, panic disorder, depression.
- Attachment disorders and the impact on patterns of relating and relationship dynamics.
- Personality disorders, particularly Bordeline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- Parenting issues and post-natal depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Middlesex University).
- Certified Transactional Analyst (P) (Metanoia Institute)
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic counselling (Metanoia Institute)
- Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy (NAOS)
- Certificate in Couples counselling (Metanoia Institute)
- Certificate in Attachment and neuroscience (Metanoia Institute)
- BSc health studies (Surrey University)
- Mentalisation based therapy MBT (Anna Freud Centre)
I have several years experience working with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues in the charity sector and have previously worked for a bereavement agency for over two years, and for Ealing Abbey counselling service for over two and a half years. I also worked for over a year in the NHS facilitating groups for individuals with complex emotional needs and/or a diagnosis of Personality disorder. In addition I have a background in nursing and health visiting with over 20 years experience in the NHS.
I have additional training in Mentalisation based therapy (MBT) which is a useful approach when working with individuals who have Borderline personality disorder
Professional bodies I am a member with:
- UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
- BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
- EATA (European Institute of Transactional Analysis)
- Metanoia Institute
- IARTA (International Association of Relational Analysts)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
£60 per 50 minute individual session day time and £70 per 50 minute individual session after 6pm.
£75 per 50 minute couples session day time and £90 per 50 minute couples session after 6pm.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I adhere to their code of ethics.
I am also a member of EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis), IARTA (International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis) and the Metanoia Institute.
I hold public liability insurance and have a current DBS check certificate
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have no evening appointments at the moment.
Types of client