Melanie Withers Senior Accred MBACP, BAPPS. UKCP.
Deciding to come to therapy or couple counselling can be a daunting experience especially when feeling confused, depressed, anxious or upset. However the experience of talking to an approachable professional can often be a real relief.
My aim as a therapist is to provide time and space for those wanting to explore their difficulties within the setting of a therapeutic relationship. By processing painful or traumatic experiences, looking at relationship dynmics, addressing unconscious or limiting aspects of behaviour, potential new ways of coping with life's issues can often be found and concerns resolved
I have been working as a therapist for over 30 years. Initially trained in psychodynamic counselling, I am also a qualified clinical supervisor, systemic couple therapist, CBT and psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
I am an experienced individual and couples counsellor as well as offering clinical supervision, training and consultancy. I have recently completed a training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT).
I generally work face to face but am also qualified in Online therapy and experienced in using Skype.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA Hons (University of Bristol)
- PGCE (University of Sussex)
- RSA Cert Counselling Skills (Northbrook College)
- PG Diploma in Counselling (University of Brighton)
- MA Counselling Psychology (University of Brighton and Sussex)
- MA Clinical Supervision (University of Sussex)
- PG Cert Applied Systemic Theory (UEL and Tavistock Clinic)
- Member On-line Therapy Institute
- PG Cert CBT (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Guild of Psychotherapists)
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (Anna Freud centre).
I have worked in many different settings over the years I have been in practice including educational, NHS and charitable agencies. I was for many years the course convenor of the PG Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Sussex, have worked at the University of Westminster on the Mind-Body programme and most recently was part of the Supervision Masters teaching team at the University of Surrey. I continue with a small teaching role at the University of Brighton.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Affairs and Betrayal
As a qualified teacher and experienced trainer, university lecturer and consultant, I am also interested in management and organisational dynamics.
I am the founder and Clinical Director of the Rock Clinic, a charity providing counselling and psychotherapy in Brighton for over 27 years, I am experienced and well-placed to advise on similar projects.
I recently retired as Director of the University of Sussex Counselling service which additionally has given me the experience of working to provide therapy within the organisational framework of a large institution.
My supervision and consultancy work sits alongside my clinical casework with individual clients and couples.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible throughout the week including evenings and Saturdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
As a psychodynamically trained clinical supervisor, I have been offering supervision since the early 1990's and completed an MA in Clinical Supervision at The University of Sussex in 1997. I have taught on a number of local Masters and PG Diplomas supervision programmes. My main interest is in narrative and transferential communications as a way of informing the work we do and I am continually fascinated by both exploring and understanding unconscious dynamics within therapy.