Melanie McDermott BSc, Dip Couns, MBACP
I am passionate about mental well-being for all. In these uncertain times, I offer a safe and confidential online space for clients to work through issues and gain a greater insight into their lives. My work is underpinned by the principles of the person-centred approach; empathy, non-judgement and genuineness; however my diverse, and extensive training and experience, allows me to work in a truly integrative way. I adapt my sessions to support the client to make effective positive change, therefore when appropriate, I use activities, worksheets, diagrams, creative materials and objects. I believe the most powerful communication sometimes requires the fewest words, yet delivers the greatest insights. Ultimately, every session is unique, just as each individual client is. As well as working with adults, I have extensive experience of working with older teens and young adults.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Practice & Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Integrative Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- PGCE in Further and Higher Education
- Certificate in Psychometric Testing
- Certificate in Well-Being Coaching
- Extensive and Regular CPD
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I regularly engage in some form of therapy myself. I feel this allows me gain an insight into how it feels to be the client, and for me, it is an essential part of self-care. Furthermore, I feel it is imperative that I help reduce any stigma surrounding attending therapy. Unfortunately many people wait until they are mentally, emotionally and even physically unwell before seeking therapeutic help. I am a firm believer that therapy, in one form or another, at any point in a person's life is valuable.
I offer online face-to-face counselling.
I work from my own, purposely designed and well resourced therapy room: The Therapy Room Stockport. I have flexible appointment hours. I also offer Well-Being Coaching and Mental Health Training and Workshops.