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About me

You may be reaching out for counselling because you feel anxious, lonely, angry, depressed or are feeling overwhelmed and vulnerable. There are times in our lives when we feel stuck, like nothing is changing, when we don't know what to do or we feel lost. You may feel that you can't confront those emotions alone or with the support of those around you.

As a Humanistic therapist, I believe that we all have the capacity for growth and change. Our work together will begin with where you are now and aim to help you find your own path through the challenges you have chosen to bring to therapy.

Having previously worked with adults, young people and families, I have experience of working with diverse groups of people from many different backgrounds. I have a particular interest in working with people who find talking about their feelings difficult and problematic.

Please do contact me, to talk through any questions you may have. I would be open to explore any blocks or feelings that at times can prevent you from talking. Therapy can support you to reclaim and trust your authentic voice and allow it to be heard.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have enjoyed a long career working within children's services where I gained many years’ experience of building relationships and working with others. This has been an excellent foundation for my second career in counselling and psychotherapy. Now qualified as a Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (PG Dip) I have built my own private practice. I also work for a variety of local charities and counselling agencies including ‘As You Are’, based in Southwick and ‘Held In mind’, based in Brighton. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and adhere to the BACP ethical guidelines for practice and am fully insured for all therapeutic work.

My background: Alongside becoming a Humanistic Counsellor, I have worked for over 28 years with young people and families, as a Youth Worker and also as a Family Coach. I have experience in relationship building, conflict resolution, reducing Child-to-Parent Abuse, reducing risk-taking behaviours, clarifying boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and reducing parental stress and anxiety.

This work is based upon a non-judgemental and open approach that engenders a sense of sustainable intervention so that the young people and families can together move forward with their lives.

Member organisations

BACP

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

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Before working together, it can be helpful to have an initial conversation via phone or email to discuss any questions you may have. Following this initial contact, I offer an initial 60 minute consultation session, where we would meet face to face or online and go into more detail. I charge a flat rate of £30.00 for this session.

Thereafter, my standard fee is £40 – £55 per session.

I also have a number of limited lower fee spaces available, to people who are on a lower income. I am very open to discuss these spaces with you.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Hurstpierpoint
West Sussex
BN6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

I work weekdays and evenings. I am also available on a Saturday morning,

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Social

Melanie Pollard

Melanie Pollard