Melanie Vallance

Melanie Vallance

Whitchurch
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP22

07808735871

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About me

Welcome,

Something about me

I believe that the relationship between me and my client is unique and special; I feel it is important that our time together creates a safe and productive union in order to guide you on the path of self-healing. In choosing me as your counsellor you are making the decision to trust me with your inner most thoughts and feelings and I honour that by working ethically, legally and within my limits of proficiency. I recognise the vulnerability and bravery it can take to talk to a mental health professional and I am focused on offering an environment that is safe, nurturing, non-judgmental and empowering.

Something about how

The way I work is primarily through Person centred talking therapy, that means listening to your individual needs, wants and deserves. There are times when I will draw on Cognitive behavioural therapy, Transactional analysis and creative methods too. My role isn’t to tell you what to do or give you solutions, what we CAN do is work collaboratively to get an understanding of how you relate to people, where your thought patterns come from and what make you YOU.

Something about why

There may be a specific reason that you need to talk to a professional about your mental health, perhaps bereavement, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, eating disorder, repeating unhealthy behaviour or thought patterns, relationship breakdowns; whatever it is for you it is OK to seek help in making sense of your situation. You don’t need to be at crisis point in order to look for support, sometimes we just need to be able to put our metaphorical jigsaw pieces together and get a clearer picture of ourselves.

Something about where

I run my practice from my home in Whitchurch, Aylesbury. I have created a therapeutic space that I believe to be warm and nurturing. Please be aware that pets live in my house so if you have any allergies then you may want to take that into consideration. There is plenty of parking available and the village is on the Arriva X60 Milton Keynes- Aylesbury bus route.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic counselling
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling studies
  • Level 2 Certificate in counselling skills
  • Higher Education diploma (inc Challenging ideas in mental health, Death and dying, working with children and families)
  • Secondary school Nurture group practitioner

Working toward

  • Foundation degree in Counselling
  • Creative youth wellbeing & mindfulness coach

Experience in addition to private practice

  • Working therapeutically with young people (11-18) in a school setting
  • Counselling Male prisoners

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

£40 per 50 minute session

Sessions can be paid for in cash or bank transfer

Discounts can be offered to those receiving benefits, evidence will be required.

Further information

Special interests-

Within my practice I have an interest in working with Neurodiverse clients. I have worked therapeutically with young and adults clients who identify as having Autism, ADHD (all 3 sub categories), Tourette’s, PDA, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. I am keenly aware of the mental health issues that can present with Neurodiverse individuals as they have often received the message of being ‘less than’. I endeavour to provide an environment whereby that person can be empowered and valued to live as their authentic self.

I have experience working therapeutically with clients that are exploring their gender and sexuality. I have worked with individuals and family members of the trans community. My aim for my clients is that they will receive a positive, warm, non- judgemental experience from counselling so that they can unpack their emotional thoughts and needs. I come to the Counselling environment with a non religious, cultural or gender bias.

Maps & Directions

Aylesbury, HP22

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

I currently have availability.

Practice hours-

Mon, Wed, Fri: 4pm-8pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 1pm-8pm

Sat: 10am- 12pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults