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About me
I have worked in the mental health sector for over five years, supporting adults who have been diagnosed with mental health disorders, such as Schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, at times in combination with substance misuse. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working in private practice and in the NHS. I work on a short-term and long-term basis with clients aged 18+ from a variety of different backgrounds. I am passionate about my work with clients and I am committed to providing a professional yet meaningful service. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am listed on The Black African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) therapist directory and Counselling Directory.

Why have therapy?
Sometimes the struggles we are experiencing in our lives can feel overwhelming and difficult to share. We may feel a sense of unhappiness, loneliness, a lack of fulfilment or anger where we may or may not be able to identify the causes. A wide range of issues can trigger such feelings including: anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, sexual or domestic abuse, relationship issues, or a change in circumstances such as: divorce, redundancy, starting a new job, moving house or becoming a parent.

Working together therapeutically we can create a safe, non-judgemental space where you can explore the issues causing you distress. It provides support for anyone who is going through a difficult time or who has emotional problems they feel they can’t resolve on their own. Therapy can also involve looking at problems in a different way and recognising the patterns of behaviour that keep us stuck, understanding how and why we developed them and making active changes.  Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone independent than to relatives or friends.

How I work
I practise an integrated model of counselling, allowing me to draw on a wide range of psychological theories to help you find your way forward. At the heart of my practise lies the person-centred philosophy; meaning I empathically listen with a non-judgemental attitude and believe that we all have the ability to grow and develop. My psychodynamic thinking and reflections allow me to consider your past and present experiences and relationships – from your early childhood years until the present day – and recognise any links and/or repeated patterns. In addition to this, my practise introduces CBT techniques, when appropriate. CBT provides the tools to help recognise and link thoughts to feelings and behaviour, and can be particularly useful when working with anxiety or depression.  My approach is tailored to each unique client and their needs, ensuring that a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is at the core of the work.

Online and telephone counselling
Therapy sessions ideally take place face to face, however there are reasons why this is not always practical; for example, if you want to have therapy but live too far away to commute or if you’re currently housebound. In cases like these, I can offer therapy via telephone and Zoom/Skype.

What happens next
After contacting me, I will arrange a free 20-minute telephone consultation to discuss what you would like from therapy, your availability and any questions you may have. The following counselling session will last for 50 minutes where we can explore in more detail your presenting issues, goals for therapy and other assessment areas.

Training, qualifications & experience

2019 – Certificate in Advanced CBT and training at Centre for Stress Management

2019 - MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at University of Roehampton

2018- CPD Issues of Ethnicity and Racism in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at WPF therapy

2016 - Certificate in Counselling Skills at City Lit, University of London

2012- BSc (Hons) Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London

Member organisations

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.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

Sessions can be face to face or via telephone and Zoom.

50-minute sessions for individuals is £65.

The relationship we build together is integral to the therapeutic process therefore I offer a free 20-minute telephone consultation- allowing you to explore whether counselling feels right to you and whether we are right to work together.

48 hours’ notice is required when cancelling a session and if not the full fee of £65 will be charged.

Fees will be reviewed on an annual basis

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

Availability

Mondays 10am - 8pm
Wednesdays 3pm-8pm
Fridays 3pm-8pm
Saturdays - please enquire
Sundays - please enquire

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Melisha Lawrence - MA, MBACP

Melisha Lawrence - MA, MBACP