Melanie Pickles

Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist MBACP
York, North Yorks, YO1
07920 156 621 07920 156 621

About me


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.

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.

Therapies offered


Additional information

Session Cost: £60 per hour

I offer a reduced fee for low income clients. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss this.

Further information

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.

North Yorks

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.