Melanie McQuade MBACP
Hello my name is Melanie, thank you for your interest in reading my profile. At times we all face difficult situations in our lives. Sometimes it may be possible to work through them with the support of family and friends. However, sometimes speaking to people close to us can be difficult. Although they have our best interests at heart they can be too emotionally involved.
I trained in a primarily Person Centred approach, which means I focus on the relationship in an empathic and non-judgemental way. I provide a safe confidential space so that we can work through any difficulties you may be facing. As each client is unique, I integrate other models where I feel appropriate. My approach is therefore guided by the clients individual needs.
I believe it is essential you choose the right counsellor for you as I believe the relationship is paramount to helping you make the positive changes that you want.
I have practiced for the last 6 years. During this time I have worked with children (including children in the care system), young people and adults. I have also facilitated parent/carer and child work. I have worked with a wide range of issues including bereavement, family dynamics, relationship issues, low self-esteem, low-confidence and low mood and depression.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework and guidelines.
If you would like to arrange a meeting you can contact me via telephone or email to arrange our first session. In the first session you can ask any questions you may have and decide if you want to go ahead with the counselling. It will also give me the opportunity to see if I am able to provide the support you need. If we feel we would like to work together we can then begin the assessment (history taking). This may be completed in the first meeting or may go into our second. (Depending how much information you need to share)
If the counselling is for a child I would recommend staying in on the session until the child is comfortable to stay independently. At this point the parent may wait in the waiting area to help the child feel safe and secure.
All enquiries are responded to quickly and in confidence.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and training
- Foundation Degree in Counselling - 2011-2013 - Sunderland University
- Since qualifying I attend regular CPD and training days to ensure my practice is up to date.
- I have regular supervision to ensure I am working ethically and effective.
Despite working privately, I have also worked in a number of voluntary positions
- Place2be (working with primary school children)
- Shotton Hall Academy (working with young people)
- Washington Mind (working with adults)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
Initial assessment (to gather background information) lasts for 50 minutes at the cost of £40.
Individual sessions last 50 minutes at the cost of £40
Couples sessions last 50-60 mins £50
Fee payable at the beginning of each session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have appointment slots available throughout every Monday. In addition to this I am able to offer early evening appointments to accommodate working/school hours on various weekdays too.
Types of client