Melanie Pickles Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist MBACP
**ONLY ONLINE OR TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
Counselling is a good way to help you to know yourself better, and to understand some of the thoughts and feelings you may be experiencing.
Sometimes life can be overwhelming; stress-ful or traumatic events happen, we lose someone or something we love, relationships can breakdown, we can feel anxiety, panicky and afraid, or may use substances, self-harming, over/under-eating to help us feel better.
Life's experiences can affect different people in different ways. The counselling I offer recognises you as an individual, and in a non-judgemental and supportive way I will seek to help you address the problems in life that may be overwhelming you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working and studying in the field of mental health since 1998. I originally trained at Regents School of Existential Psychotherapy in London in 2004. I hold a Degree in Psychology (BAHons) and a Masters in Counselling (MA), and am a proud member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).
I see individual clients in my private practice, and work as an affiliate therapist to other organisations; delivering training programmes, workshops, mediation and organisational support. I also offer specialist mental health mentoring to students in higher education.
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
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
Session Cost: £40 per hour
I offer a reduced fee for low income clients. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss this.
**NHS WORKERS - To support you through this testing time, I am offering free online counselling to any NHS worker. Please do get in touch and be supported in the good work that you are doing.
Agreement - Make Counselling work for you
Once you have decided to embark on counselling, we agree on a time and day to meet. We would usually meet at this same time every week for an hour.
We will also agree on how many sessions we will meet for. A lot of work can be done in six sessions, but it is possible to extend beyond that if you felt you needed more.
Aims - Get the most out of Counselling
In our introductory session, we will focus on what you hope to achieve from counselling. Sometimes you may not even be sure what your aim is. You just know that you want to feel happy, or to feel like your old self again, or a better version of your current self. Together we will try and make sense of your needs.
Change - Feel Better
Counselling creates a space in your life to be really listened to. You will be heard without judgement, without 'shoulds' and with care and compassion. This can help you change the way you feel about yourself and your situation and help you cope better with what life brings.