About me

Whatever brings you to counselling, I listen with an open mind and without judgement. 

Perhaps you:

  • wish to work on a specific issue
  • are currently experiencing a life event that you need extra support with
  • have ongoing difficulties that are causing distress or a sense of being 'stuck'
  • have a general unsettled feeling or a desire to understand yourself deeper

As a humanistic counsellor I work with your individual experience; we start with where you are today and go from there. 

I am experienced in working with a variety of issues, some of which are included in 'Areas of Counselling I Deal With' below. My approach is well-suited to working with anxiety, depression, loss, relationships, self-confidence, loneliness, life purpose, meaning and identity, and wanting to live more authentically. 

I see adults of all ages in private practice and have prior extensive experience working with 18-25 year olds and supporting clients who are experiencing work-related difficulties.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ultimately, I believe the relationship we create together is key to your self-development. 

We will work together to create a trusting environment in which you feel able to explore your thoughts and feelings freely and honestly.

My approach has a philosophical influence which places emotional and psychological issues as problems with living as a human being in the world.

This means I aim to support you in discovering your own understanding of your experience, to find new ways to move forward, reduce distress, and to live a life that is meaningful to you.

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Next steps

Email or call me and we can arrange a convenient time to have a free initial discussion (see 'Additional Information' below). 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (BACP accredited course) (University of Brighton)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Skills (University of Chichester)
  • BSc Psychology (University of Exeter)

Alongside my private practice I am a counsellor at a low-cost counselling service working with adults who present with a range of difficulties.

Prior to that I have been a counsellor at a local charity supporting young adults aged 18-25 and have volunteered as an emotional support worker in person and over the telephone.

Before training as a counsellor, I worked for over ten years in Human Resource Management across a variety of businesses in different industries. My decision to train as a counsellor was partly inspired by my business experiences, in particular helping manage complex long term employee absence cases and observing how the world of work interacts with personal wellbeing.

Online counselling

I have substantial experience seeing clients face-to-face as well as online. In my private practice, I offer all sessions currently online by video link (via Zoom) only.

At the heart of counselling is the relationship we create together, which can develop as effectively online (more so for some clients) as face-to-face.

There are also benefits of choosing to do counselling online, such as;

  • convenience - I offer day and evening appointments enabling you to fit sessions easily around other commitments
  • accessibility - you don't have to think about transport, travel time, or parking costs
  • comfort - you choose a suitable space to have sessions from and we work together to ensure this is safe and confidential

I offer a free initial discussion (see 'Additional Information' below) which is a good opportunity to see if this way of working is right for you. 

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • life changes 
  • life purpose, meaning, and identity
  • wanting to live a more authentic or fulfilling life

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free initial discussion online.  Choosing the right therapist for you is important and this first chat will give us an opportunity to get to know each other. You can ask me any questions you may have.

I will invite you to say something briefly about what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to get out of it, understanding that it might not be easy to talk about the things that really matter straight away.

Together we can decide if what I offer might be suitable for you. There is no obligation to continue if things don't feel right, but if we do, we can look to arrange a first counselling session.

Availability

I offer day and evening sessions throughout the week. 

Further information

  • All sessions are currently online by video link (via Zoom)
  • Sessions are held weekly and last 50 minutes
  • I work with individuals aged 18+
  • I am happy to work in either a short term or open ended way

Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO4

Chichester
PO18

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom
Melissa Marlow

Melissa Marlow