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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.

If you feel stuck or ready to make some positive changes within your life, I can help you facilitate those changes. Anxiety and stresses elevate when we feel we have to figure things out all at once. By providing you with strategies/tools you will have the ability to break down your struggles/issues into 'baby steps', as a result, those issues will begin to feel much more manageable.

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 8 years and am passionate about helping others reach their full potential.

I work with client's of all ages from primary aged up to adults. Including the specialised area of working with looked after children and teenagers. In addition, I facilitate parent/carer and child work where necessary to strengthen their bond and attachment. I have experience with a wide range of issues including (but not exclusive) anxiety and stress, bereavement and loss, family dynamics and home life, 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)

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.


Additional information

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.


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.

Earls House
Earl Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Melanie McQuade

Melanie McQuade