Melanie Whyatt MBACP
Need someone to understand what it’s like to be you?
No-one goes through life unscathed. It’s normal to face difficulties and dilemmas that leave you feeling distressed, overwhelmed or stuck. When this happens, you don’t have to be alone or worry about ‘burdening’ family or friends. I started a counselling service in my home city to provide just the kind of warm, kind, non-judgemental listening I have needed from time to time. Sometimes, human beings need someone in their corner, someone who takes the trouble to understand what it’s like to be you – someone who will be with you even when the pain is unbearable. I aim to be that ‘someone’ for you…
I’ve created a safe, peaceful counselling space in west Wolverhampton where people struggling with the stuff that life has thrown at them can talk in complete confidence about anything that’s troubling them. You can be sure that I won’t judge, advise or tell you what to do. Instead, I’ll step into your shoes and try to experience things from your perspective.
Being heard and understood in this way is a powerful healer especially if you have been struggling alone for far too long. Problems that once seemed insoluble begin to unravel. Painful feelings that were once intolerable can be approached with calmness and equanimity. Hope starts to emerge from the darkest places...
For me, counselling is a process that connects you with your innate wisdom and ability to make decisions that are right for you. It’s where you discover your power to make the changes you want.
Training, qualifications & experience
After completing my professional training as a person-centred counsellor at the University of Warwick, I worked for three counselling charities in the West Midlands. I have helped people hit by bereavement or divorce, or people who have experienced a trauma such as rape, domestic violence or a life-threatening illness. I have also worked with people who are finding difficulties in their personal or work relationships, survivors of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or workplace bullying.
Counselling is my second career, so I bring to my therapeutic practice considerable experience of the modern workplace (as a manager and worker) and know how it sometimes tests the very limits of our emotional and mental health. And I have a whole lot of life experience too, of births, deaths, relationships, disappointments and the odd triumph, with some scars to show for it all. Throughout my life, I’ve benefited from being counselled myself and can attest to its power in helping me to change and grow through personal crises.
I work within the ethical guidelines of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer weekday daytime (between 10.00am and 5.00pm) and evening (between 6.30pm and 8.00pm) appointments as follows:
Individual counselling is £40.00 for a 60-minute session
I also offer an initial 60-minute consultation for £15.00 to help you decide if I'm the right counsellor for you - if we're a good fit. Call or email to arrange.
Concessions offered for
You've made the first steps to addressing something in your life - and I appreciate it can take a lot of courage to ask for help. Now you probably want to know if I'm the right counsellor for you. And it's true that your counselling experience very much depends on whether we're a good fit.
I try to make getting started as easy as possible by:
- Talking to you via phone or email where I will answer as fully as I can any questions you have, about the issue you want to bring to counselling, my qualifications and background and how we could work together;
- Organising a discounted initial consultation where we meet at my counselling room. Again, it is my intention to give you as much information as possible and for us both to check if we could work together.
One final word of reassurance before you write an email or pick up the phone: people often tell me that they find me warm, very approachable and easy to talk to. You don't need to have worked everything about before you make contact. But if counselling support is important to you, I do hope you will make contact and take the first step to making a positive change.