Melanie Richards Dip CP. MBACP MNCS Snr Acc. NCS App Supervisor.

Melanie Richards Dip CP. MBACP MNCS Snr Acc. NCS App Supervisor.

Park House
Church Place
Old Town


07841 478878

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Park House
Church Place
Old Town


07841 478878

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 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)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Each session lasts for 50 minutes – Individual rates may negotiable depending on income. Block Bookings available for Individuals payable in advance.

Individuals £50.00

Couples       £65.00

Individual Block bookings 6 Sessions   £295.00

Individual Block bookings 12 Sesssions £590.00

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.

Maps & Directions

Swindon, SN1 5ED
Abingdon, OX14

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

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

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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