Melanie Rivera

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MBACP Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy | BSc (Hons)
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Poole, BH12
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About me


As a Dorset-based Counsellor, Integrative Therapist & Wellbeing Coach. I provide private 1-1 sessions to adults 18+ locally and remotely (online), reaching people across the UK.

At the heart of the therapeutic work is developing a trusting alliance with my clients while providing a safe, non-judgmental space to explore thoughts and feelings about troubling things. Counselling and Integrative Therapy can help with a wide range of (short and long-term) issues, including; Low self-esteem, Life purpose, Change and Loss, Relationship & Attachment issues, Trauma, Poor coping skills, Bad habits, Low mood, Depression and Anxiety.

As a therapist & coach, who has trained in various modalities/approaches, I have a wide range of therapeutic resources to draw from. Each session is tailored to meet your needs. I have both personal lived and professional experience. Since 2009, I have worked in various roles, helping and supporting people through problems and challenging times.

The decision to seek therapy, counselling or coaching can feel overwhelming, especially if it is a new experience. Making that first step is often a difficult yet brave decision to make. I'm here to help. Knowing that I am described as friendly and approachable might be reassuring. 

I always offer a free initial phone call for us to see if I am the right therapist/counsellor to help you. Please feel free to visit my website;

Training, qualifications & experience


In 2009, I began working in Health/Wellbeing as an NLP Coach and Holistic Therapist. My experience includes delivering government-approved programs in Jobcentres and community hubs.
Private Practice

I set up in private practice in 2012 and have since continued to add other qualifications and skills to my initial training.

  • BSc (Honors) Psychotherapy Approaches (Top-Up)
  • Degree Counselling (Humanistic Integrative Therapist) 2018 – 2021
  • Fd Degree in Health And Social Care (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
  • Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy - 2011
  • Master Practitioner NLP - 2009
  • HND Holistic Therapy (Inc., Nutritional Advice) - 2001

Additional Credentials | CPD Workshops

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR Levels 1-3).
  • PESI 3-Day Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT Training CPD cert).
  • PESI Treating Trauma with Internal Family Systems Therapy: Step-by-step procedures for healing trauma, anxiety, depression. (IFS-CPD).
  • BACP PCE-CfD. (CPD Event).
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) - Level 1 Certificate
  • Essentials of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - Beck Institute
  • Trauma-Informed HeartMath Course (Emotional Regulation Techniques)


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy / Individual Member

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 - £120.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a range of support and approaches to suit individual needs, including Counselling, Integrative Psychotherapy, and Coaching.

  • Fees per session range between £50 - £120
  • Pay by Bank transfer, Paypal

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Hours and availability can be discussed further, in or after an initial free (up to 30 min) conversation.

Further information

The decision to seek therapy, counselling, or coaching can feel overwhelming, especially if it is a new experience. Making that first step is often a difficult yet brave decision to make. I am friendly and approachable and am here to help. I offer a free initial conversation (bookable through my website or via email ) to discuss how I might meet your requirements.



Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Melanie Rivera
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