Melanie Whyatt MBACP
An accredited and experienced counsellor, I provide compassionate support to people who are distressed or struggling with the many difficulties and dilemmas of being human. You will find me warm, empathic and non-judgemental.
I aim to understand your unique experience and to help you find a way through your difficulties.
So, how can I help? I'll try to give you an idea...
A safe, calm place to be you
I start with some simple but important things: time devoted to you in a safe, warm, calm space, away from the distractions and pressures of everyday life.
Here you can choose to talk in complete confidence about anything that’s troubling you. I won’t judge you, advise you or label you. But I will listen to you deeply and work hard to understand how things are for you.
Being heard and understood
Being heard and understood can be a powerful experience, bringing some relief, a healing end in itself. It can also open up all sorts of possibilities, from understanding yourself better, to knowing what you need for peace of mind, to live your life the way you choose.
I’ll be an active person in this process, sensitive to how I impact on you, open and transparent about how I experience you and the relationship. From time to time, I will check how the counselling is working for you, what you find helpful, what you want to change.
Growing and changing
Over time, as we work together, you may find you can experience and name painful feelings without being overwhelmed or frightened by them. You may discover your own power to untangle some knots or make more sense of things. You may find you can accept yourself just as you are and in doing so, free yourself to grow and make the first tentative steps towards the change you want.
Training, qualifications & experience
Following a long and successful career working in senior roles in marketing, public relations and communications, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and re-trained in later life as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
I’m a graduate of Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy of the University of Warwick, a fully-trained and accredited counsellor working ethically within the guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have several years’ experience of counselling individuals for various counselling charities in the West Midlands. I offer support to adults of any age, gender, race, cultural background or sexual orientation.
I’m trained in Person-Centred Therapy, created by American psychologist Carl Rogers. I choose to practice in this way because it fits my own deeply-held conviction that people are experts in their own world and with empathic understanding and unconditional positive regard, they can come to know and understand themselves better, accept themselves and pursue what is best for them. I believe the power to grow and change rests with you – not me. I won’t interpret or diagnose you or otherwise direct you. Instead, I’ll focus on helping you to recognise, connect with and trust your innate ability to heal and to grow.
I have worked with people facing a wide range of difficulties including:
- Bullying at work
- Divorce and separation
- Domestic violence and coercive control
- Family estrangement
- Forced marriage
- Rape and sexual violence
- Relationship difficulties
I have also worked with people presenting with emotional distress, psychological problems and mental health issues including:
- Anxiety and panic
- Low self-esteem
- Managing anger
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Work-related stress
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
I offer weekday daytime (between 10.00am and 3.00pm) and evening (between 6.30pm and 8.00pm) appointments as follows:
Individual counselling is £35.00 for a 50-minute session
For people with limited mobility, I can also offer home visits within a 10-mile radius for £40.00 for a 50-minute session
I offer a limited number of daytime sessions for a reduced fee for a 50-minute session for people on benefits and low incomes.
I also offer an initial 50-minute consultation for £15.00 to help you decide if my counselling service is right for you.
Find out if I'm the right counsellor for you with a discounted initial consultation
Embarking upon a period of counselling can feel like a leap into the dark. Before you do, I am happy to talk to you on the telephone or via email, and will answer as fully as I can any questions you have.
I also know how important it is to choose a counsellor who is right for you, so I offer a discounted initial consultation where you explore some of the issues you want to bring to counselling and get a better sense of me and my approach.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer weekday daytime (between 10.00am and 3.00pm) and evening (between 6.30pm and 8.00pm) appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|