Melanie Paulson

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Reg. MBACP. Counsellor for Children, Young People & Adults
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Derby, Derbyshire, DE22
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, I understand that life can be difficult and there may be times when you could benefit from talking to an approachable counsellor. Collaboratively we can explore challenges or issues that you are facing and work towards empowerment for change. I specialise in neurodiversity (ASD/ADHD) and offer a therapeutic space for children, young people and adults to develop self-awareness and coping strategies.  

My work with children and young people involves understanding the presented behaviours which will then enable their communication.  I work with children and young people to improve their emotional literacy which would enhance their educational experience and wellbeing. To enrich the sessions, I use play and creative resources, if relevant, to allow exploration of experiences and emotions.   

I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor who is committed to offering you a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space to allow you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I draw upon different approaches which will be personalised to suit you. As every client is unique my approach is based on your needs.   

I work with adults, young people and children, in person, online or by phone. Long-term and short-term sessions are provided. I offer a free optional 20-minute introduction / getting to know each other by phone.   

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Dip Cons. I hold a foundation degree in psychology. 

 I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP). 

I am fully insured, ICO registered and hold an enhanced DBS check. 

My background consists of working for 15 years in an SEN school which specialises in autism. More recently I support pupils emotionally and offer family support to schools within an academy. This support includes emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties the children and young people may be struggling with which could be affecting their education and wellbeing. To enhance the sessions, I use play and creative resources, if relevant, to allow exploration of experiences and emotions.   

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

When I work

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Further information

I work with a wide range of issues including but not inclusive of bereavement, loss, anxiety, anger, depression, abusive relationships, conflict, family problems, low self-esteem/self-worth, sexual abuse and rape, self-harm, disordered eating, body image, building resilience, trauma, infertility, negative thought patterns and intrusive thoughts. 

Ashbourne Road, Mackworth, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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