Melanie Richards

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Dip CP. MBACP MNCS Snr Acc. NCS App Supervisor
Available for new clients
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Swindon SN1 & Abingdon OX14
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I understand how difficult it can be to take the first step when looking for support but please rest assured that I will do all I can to put you at ease. I aim to offer a warm, relaxed, down to earth approach.  So if you would like to talk things over without committing yourself to anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I have experience in a wide range of issues, supporting clients from all walks of life including personnel from the emergency services, counselling both short term and long term. I offer a secure, confidential and professional relationship, through which problems can be identified, confronted and resolved in the privacy of regular, reliable sessions.

As well as being in a private practice I work as Clinical Lead with 13-25 year olds in a young persons counselling service. I have experience in counselling at a children's hospice, supporting children, teenagers and their families. I have worked in the charity sector for over 30 years in both a counselling and fundraising capacity.

My approach is holistic, in that I am interested in “the whole person”, and I often encourage clients to examine aspects of their overall lifestyle, such as health, diet and exercise, to assist and support the psychological and emotional changes they are making

I practice integrative psychotherapy which means that I have trained in several models of therapy. I draw from a psychodynamic, humanistic and person-centred, approach which allows me to offer the type of therapy, or combination of therapies, that is most appropriate for the particular needs of each client. My approach is particularly suited to people who want to understand themselves better as well as tackle problematic issues or areas.

I also provide relaxation courses for both individuals and groups helping to facilitate deep relaxation enabling the mind and body to relax together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Senior Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society, (MNCS Snr Acc)

Member British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (MBACP)

BACP Certificate in Proficiency and Registered

Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy

NCS Approved Supervisor

Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy

Certificate in Bereavement Counselling – CRUSE Bereavement

Certificate in Navigating truth telling in end of life care

Level 3 certificate in child protection

Certificate Decision making in Neglect

Enhanced DBS check (Disclosure & Barring Service)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each session lasts for 50 minutes – Individual rates may negotiable depending on income. Block Bookings available for Individuals payable in advance. Payment is required prior to the session not in arrears after the session. 

Individuals £60.00

Couples       £80.00

Individual Block bookings 6 Sessions   £360. 00

Individual Block bookings 12 Sesssions £700. 00

Monthly Clinical Supervision 1.5 hrs £90.00 student rates can be negotiated.

I accept payment by bank transfer I don’t accept cheques. Payment is due at the beginning or during each session.

Cancellation policy. Less than 24 hrs notice will result in full payment becoming due.

Swindon, Wilts, SN1

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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I offer Telephone and online support for clients who have difficulty with accessing the building.

Online platforms




I am MNCPS Senior Accredited, MBACP counsellor / psychotherapist and NCS approved Supevisor.

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Melanie Richards
Melanie Richards