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About me

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 and often give a biased opinion.

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

I work with client's of all ages from primary aged (including the specialised area of looked after children and teenagers) to adults.

In addition, I can 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, social anxiety and stress, bereavement and loss, family dynamics and home life, relationship issues, low self-esteem, low-confidence, work related issues, low mood and depression.

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical framework and guidelines.

I offer a free 15 minute telephone call for introductions and for you to establish if you would like to arrange an initial session. In this first session you can ask any questions you may have and I can carry out an assessment (gather information). You can then determine if you would like to begin the counselling sessions.

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


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.

When I work

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.

Seaham, Durham, SR7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults