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Melanie Lawrence Dip. Therapeutic counselling, MBACP

Belfast, County Antrim, BT9 7EJ
07540523680 07540523680

About me

Everyone can find it difficult to cope at times, unresolved issues past or present can create stress, anxiety, depression....and may affect your day to day life.

Counselling can help you understand these issues more clearly, giving you the space to untangle the confusing, painful feelings and thoughts that may be causing you distress.

Sometimes it is difficult to know what is going on and you may not always have the words to express how you are feeling. Counselling can help you understand why you are feeling the way you are and can help you find the words you need to express what is going on.

It is important to find someone you feel comfortable with and who you can trust.

I am a caring, qualified and professional counsellor with a down to earth attitude and have experience of working successfully with many different issues. I provide a calm, safe and confidential space for you to talk about any troubling feelings or emotions. We will work together to explore different perspectives, possibilities and options depending on what you bring to counselling.

My counselling practice utilizes a variety of approaches based on the unique and individual needs of each client.

I am an integrated counsellor providing short or long term therapy in either English or German.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Relational Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative Psychodynamic and Person Centred).

Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

Training courses in: OCN level 3, working with drug users, ASSIST, self harm & suicide awareness, LGBT Affirmation Therapy, psychotherapeutic therapy, mindfulness, The theory & practice of sensorimotor psychotherapy.

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.


An Initial consultation is free and usually no more than 45 minutes.
This will give us the opportunity to answer each other's questions, allowing to meet without any obligation or commitment.

Regular weekly sessions last for 50 minutes at a cost of £40 per session

Further information

Counselling can help if you are:

  • Feeling low and finding it difficult to cope with day to day life
  • Suffering from depression or anxiety
  • Have had a traumatic experience that is haunting you
  • Experiencing low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • Feeling overwhelmed by life, distancing yourself from friends and family
  • Issues related to personal or sexual identity
  • Finding it difficult to sleep, having intrusive thoughts racing through your mind
  • Have lost someone or have lost part of yourself
  • Struggling with personal relationships, a breakup
  • Feeling hopeless and stuck, not knowing a way out
  • Suffering from physical or mental illnesses
  • In need of support through a difficult time
  • Making an important decision
  • Struggling to deal with change, life transitions

Inner Reach Counselling
The Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre
215A Lisburn Road
County Antrim

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages German


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


Evenings and Saturday appointments available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Melanie Lawrence                    Dip. Therapeutic counselling, MBACP

Melanie Lawrence Dip. Therapeutic counselling, MBACP