Melanie Richards Dip CP. MBACP MNCS Snr Acc. NCS App Supervisor.
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 25 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)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
Each session lasts for 50 minutes – Individual rates may negotiable depending on income. Block Bookings available for Individuals payable in advance.
Under 18s £40.00
Individual Block bookings 6 Sessions £290.00
Individual Block bookings 12 Sesssions £550.00
Monthly Clinical Supervision 1.5 hrs £80 student rates can be negotiated.
I accept payment by bank transfer, cash and debit/credit card (there is a £3 card fee applicable due to card fees). I don’t accept cheques. Payment is due at the beginning or during each session.
Cancellation policy is strictly 48 hrs.
Works in: Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bullying, Cancer, Childhood Issues,Confidence Issues, Depression, Family Issues, Health Related Issues, Loss, Low Self Esteem,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorders, Physical Illness and Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Separation, Traumatic Health Experiences, Work Related Stress, Youth counselling
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am MNCS Senior Accredited, MBACP counsellor / psychotherapist and NCS approved Supevisor.