About me

I offer counselling and psychotherapy for individuals from my consulting room in Central Watford.

I offer a non-judgemental and safe space within which I hope to support you in developing your understanding of yourself and of your relationships to other people in your life.

My approach draws on an understanding that difficult experiences from our past can continue to affect the way we feel and behave in the present - that our earliest experiences and relationships can shape our current ways of relating and our responses to life’s challenges in the present. This approach could be thought of as a psychodynamic way of working, although I also draw on ideas from other schools of thought such as person centred and relational types of therapy.

I charge £50 per session, and offer an initial consultation which is free of charge. This will give us both an opportunity to meet and think together whether the type of counselling I offer feels right for you and is likely to be of use to you.

You can find more information about the way I work at my website, www.melanienicholson.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Registration Number 086059) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice

I have a BACP accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire. I have regular supervision with an experienced clinical supervisor and undertake regular professional development opportunities via workshops, lectures and training courses.

I have extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients across age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability. In addition to my private practice, I have worked with Watford Women’s Centre Counselling Service and continue to work with Hertfordshire Signpost Counselling for young people and adolescents.

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

I charge £50 per session. I offer an initial consultation in which we can think together whether the type of counselling I offer feels right for you and is likely to help you. There is no charge for this meeting. I have a limited number of reduced fee sessions for those on low incomes.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Melanie Nicholson

Melanie Nicholson