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About me

Westside Therapy, founded in 2019, offers lower-cost counselling to individuals seeking counselling in the west side of Sheffield.  It offers a humanistic (person-centered/integrative) approach to and welcomes individuals seeking therapy on both a short-term or longer-term basis.

Westside Therapy comprises two therapists: Melanie Mitchell (offering face-to-face daytime sessions) and Fiona Claydon (offering face-to-face/on-line/telephone evening sessions).

We invite you to visit our website www.westsidetherapysheffield.com for comprehensive information about our service, including who we are, how we work and our fees.  Should you wish to pursue counselling with us, please either contact the relevant counsellor by telephone (Melanie for daytime sessions and Fiona for evenings sessions) or send an email, again stipulating what time of day you would like to attend counselling and one of us will be in touch with you).

Our numbers and email address are listed on this site and on our website.

Often, lower-cost services have waiting lists.  Should a session not be immediately available, you are invited to join the Westside Therapy waiting list.  The website provides comprehensive information.

Melanie's profile in listed on the National Counselling Society website.  Fiona Claydon's profile is listed on the BACP website.

Training, qualifications & experience

A bit about Melanie:

I began my training in psychotherapy by undertaking a Masters Degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in 2010 at the University of Derby.  Following on from this, I completed a Professional Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Academy S.P.A.C.E in 2013, focusing specifically on talking therapy.  It was during this time that I worked on placement in a setting predominantly for individuals living with/who have survived domestic violence and child abuse.

I set up in private practice in 2015 and, since that time, have expanded my work to include: depression, anxiety and Generalised Anxiety Disorders, stress, life-management/choices, self-esteem, relationship matters etc.

In 2017, I completed training in Couples Counselling and in 2019, I trained with GamCare (and, indeed, offer sessions, to people living with gambling addiction, on Fridays, through my work as a GamCare associate).  In August 2020, I joined the BUPA therapist network and in March 2021, I began working as a Well-Being Practitioner as part of Sheffield Hallam University's well-being service.

I undertake regular CPD and monthly supervision.  I possess an enhanced DBS certificate.  I have full public liability and indemnity insurance.  I am registered with the Professional Standards Authority.  I adhere to the ethics of the National Counselling Society of which I am a Professional Accredited Member.

A bit about Fiona (BA (Hons), RGN, Dip Couns., MBACP:

I am an integrative therapist with over 14 years experience as a qualified counsellor with BACP registration.  I have worked in various settings and with a wide spectrum of psychological issues.  I also have 24 years experience working as a Nurse Specialist, which means that I have a particular interest in helping individuals living with chronic health conditions, anxiety and depression.  I have worked for CRUSE Bereavement Service and also with survivors of sexual and emotional abuse as well as with those who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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£22.00 per session

Additional information

Melanie offers a flat fee of £22 to individuals who attend daytime face-to-face sessions which are held in Crookes.

Evening face-to-face sessions, with Fiona Claydon, are priced at £27 and are held in Broomhill.  Fiona also holds on-line counselling.

Should you wish to make a referral, please, in the first instance, visit www.westsidetherapysheffield.com where you will find comprehensive information about the service we offer, the practical aspects of it, cancellation policy and the information we need to take a referral and add you to our waiting list.  (Please either place a telephone call to us whereupon we shall complete a referral form OR send an email with all of the necessary referral details contained therein - this info is listed on one of the last pages of the website).


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Monday and Thursday daytimes (Melanie)

Wednesday and Thursday evenings (Fiona)

Further information

  • is a face-to-face and remote talking therapy
  • does not offer family therapy or couples counselling
  • does not make home visits
  • is not an advice line
  • does not offer any other mental health provision
  • is on the BUPA Therapist Network (day time sessions)
  • does not offer placements to students
  • is not an ASA (Adoption Support Agency). In 2010, legislation was implemented to state that only psychotherapists, registered as an ASA with Ofsted, are able to offer specialist adoption services. This legislation was an amendment to the Children Act 2002 and was designed to ensure that individuals seeking support of this nature would receive it only from therapists with specific training in this field. If you are adopted, we may still be able to use this service but not if any aspect of your adoption is the main focus of the reason for which you seek counselling.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults