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About me

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is Melissa, and I am a qualified integrative counsellor. This means I am trained to use a variety of techniques and approaches (Humanistic, CBT, Psychodynamic) to suit your individual needs.

I am a warm, thoughtful, empathic person, which makes me a compassionate counsellor who genuinely cares about others. I will provide you with a safe, confidential space, belonging to you, where you will be listened to with understanding and without judgement. I am a registered member of the BACP, which means my practice meets the recognised standards of competent, safe, and ethical practice. 

I believe that everyone is unique and what approach suits is very individual to you and your personal circumstances and characteristics. Therefore, I will work in collaboration with you, putting your needs and goals at the heart of therapy. I have experience working with a wide range of issues and I am dedicated to continual professional development to build on my skills, techniques, and competences to be able to provide you with the best possible service. I will only work within my areas of expertise and offer you therapeutic interventions for which I have the relevant training, knowledge, and skills to use. 

I appreciate how hard it can be to take that first step to begin counselling and I will be committed to walking alongside you in your journey of healing and self-discovery, and feel there is nothing more powerful than the unconditional warmth and presence of one human to another. I passionately believe, with the right therapist and the willingness to bring about change in your life, counselling can be as helpful to you as it was for me.

If you are interested in finding out more about how we can work together please telephone me on 07713 150061 or email me

Training, qualifications & experience

I have previous experience working in mental health charities and a GP Surgery, supporting clients with a range of presenting issues; anxiety, depression, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety, low mood, general unhappiness (feeling sad), relationship problems, family issues, abuse, anger, addictions, trauma, divorce, work related stress, bereavement, health anxiety, low confidence and low self-esteem, relational trauma, attachment issues, suicidal ideation, childhood trauma, lack of motivation, sleep problems, hopelessness etc.

  • FdSc in Counselling at Ulster University
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Access NI – Police check
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children
  • EFT Diploma (emotional freedom technique) – currently completing
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Level 1 - completing
  • Certified Complex Trauma Treatment Training Level 2 - completing
  • Understanding Self-harm 
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Trauma Essentials 
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • How Attachments Impact Upon Adult Relationships
  • CAMS Training (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide)
  • Working Creatively with Timelines from a Psychodynamic and Trauma Perspective
  • Using Trauma Informed Grounding Techniques
  • Trauma, The Brain and Recovery
  • Preparing to Work with Sexual Abuse
  • BACP Suicide and Self-harm – working safety and ethically with clients at risk
  • Working with Gestalt in the Counselling Room
  • Working with Russian Nesting Dolls
  • Writing Our Way Back from Trauma; Creative Writing, Trauma and Psychotherapy
  • Working Creatively with the Inner Child in Counselling
  • OU and BACP Online and Telephone Primer Training           

Member organisations


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

Creative techniques


Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 per session for face to face, telephone or zoom

Concession rates available

Further information

As a certified creative wellbeing and mindfulness coach, I am able to provide a wide range of tools and coping strategies to clients who are suffering from overwhelming and disturbing emotions and the physical symptoms that can come along with high levels of anxiety or feelings of numbness and detachment. 

I also love working creatively and if you struggle to put your thoughts and feelings into words, I can offer alternative methods of exploring your emotions to help you get a better understanding of what is going on for you.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


Melissa McNamee

Melissa McNamee