(MBACP Accredited) Counsellor and Psychotherapist
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Welcome. Westgate Counselling is a private practice offering individual counselling in a comfortable, relaxed setting in central Winchester. Sessions are provided by Melanie Musson - I am a BACP accredited, fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.
I have experience of working with clients on a wide variety of issues including: anxiety, panic attacks, depression (including bipolar and post natal depression), addictions, abuse, work related stress, relationship problems, bereavement / loss and issues relating to gender identity or sexuality. I also find clients often seek counselling as they feel 'stuck', lonely or disconnected from those around them.
I aim to provide a non-judgemental, confidential therapeutic space in which you may be able to explore difficulties you are experiencing and gain insight into yourself or your situation. This in turn may help to alleviate distress, enable you to find new direction or purpose and ultimately feel more fulfilled.
Sessions take place in a comfortable, professional practice based in central Winchester. Please contact Westgate Counselling if you would like to know more about the counselling offered or to arrange an initial appointment. Alternatively, for further information and answers to some frequently asked questions please feel free to click here Westgate Counselling or visit the web site at www.westgatecounselling.co.uk.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include a degree in counselling and psychotherapy, as well as one in psychology and I am also a qualified supervisor of counsellors. I currently balance my private practice while also acting as a mental health mentor at Southampton University. I have also previously worked as a lecturer and tutor in counselling and psychotherapy for Middlesex University.
BA Hons (first class) Counselling and Psychotherapy - Middlesex University
BA Hons in Psychology - Durham University
Diploma in Supervision - Southampton City College
Certificate in Couples Counselling - Southampton City College
I am committed to enhancing my practice and what I am able to offer clients, through continuing professional development. I therefore undertake additional training and attend relevant workshops, recent examples include: working with self harm, addictions and eating disorders, a certificate in child protection (NSPCC), art therapy and therapeutic sandtray work.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual counselling £45 per session (50 minutes)
Initial sessions £15 (30 minutes approx.)
One-to-one supervision £50 (90 minutes)
Group supervision £30 (3 hours, max. 4 participants)
Some reduced rates available for students
When I work
Daytime appointments. Currently online only