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Melanie Withers Senior Accred MBACP, BAPPS. UKCP.

Brighton BN2 & BN1
07951 170331 07951 170331 Registered / Accredited

About me

During the current COVID-19 service I have moved all my practice online and as an experienced  video-calling  and online therapist am happy to help using Zoom Skype, WhatsApp or any of the other platforms.

“This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance.”

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 dynamics, 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  completed a training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and in Online Therapy.

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

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).

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Online Therapy
Affairs and Betrayal

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£45.00 -£55.00

Further information

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.

Rock Clinic West
8 Western Street
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 2PG

Rock Clinic East
270 Eastern Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 5TA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I work at three sites across Brighton & Hove as well as online which not only means I have good disabled access but can work across the world. Please discuss any accessibility issues you may have.

Availability

Flexible throughout the week including evenings and Saturdays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

As a psychodynamically trained clinical supervisor, I have bee.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Melanie Withers Senior Accred MBACP, BAPPS. UKCP.

Melanie Withers Senior Accred MBACP, BAPPS. UKCP.