Melissa McNamee

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Ballymena BT43 & Belfast BT9
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

People come to counselling for a variety of reasons. You may be feeling stuck, suffering from anxiety and/or depression, low self-esteem or confidence, feeling emotionally overwhelmed, isolated, or alone. Talking to a qualified professional, who can listen to you more attentively and non-judgementally than you have ever been listened to before, can be life changing.

But how do you know which counsellor is right for you?

My name is Melissa and I am a warm, thoughtful, empathic person, which makes me a compassionate counsellor who will genuinely care about you, the difficulties you’re facing and the improvement of your wellbeing. I am an integrative counsellor, which means I use different skills and techniques to work with whatever you bring to the sessions. 

For example, you might want a safe space where you can talk freely and openly about thoughts and feelings you are struggling with. This also might involve supporting you to make connections from current difficulties to past experiences. Helping you understand yourself at a deeper level, which can lead to personal growth and healing.

You might want supported to manage how you are feeling and use the sessions to alleviate painful and distressing symptoms experienced from trauma, anxiety, stress or depression and I have a wide range of experience providing individually tailored strategies and techniques to help you work through your difficulties.

Or you might want supported through a painful loss, relationship problems or help with low self-esteem and confidence. 

Whatever brings you to counselling, I am fully committed to providing an environment where you will feel safe, accepted, and supported to work through your difficulties to make lasting changes.

 'One day at a time, one step at a time, one breath at a time'.  

What next?

If you feel I am the right counsellor for you, I offer a free first telephone consultation. Email me at and I will get back to you, generally within 24 hours, to organise a mutually convenient time for us to talk about how I can help you.

After this, if you wish to proceed, we will book in our first session. I offer one to one, 50-minute sessions, online or by telephone

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Registered Member
  • FdSc in Counselling at Ulster University (fully qualified counsellor)
  • Certificate in counselling skills
  • Access NI – Police check     

I have a vast range of experience working with clients both short-term and long-term from throughout the UK and Ireland

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Creative techniques

Solution Focused Therapy


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I have limited availability for concessions

When I work

I am available via online and telephone Monday to Friday, early mornings and daytime hours. I can also offer evening sessions and be flexible with arranging what suits week to week.

Further information

What to expect from the first session?

The first session we will get to know each other better, begin to develop a deeper understanding of the difficulties you are facing, and talk through what you would like to get from our sessions. It is also a chance for me to talk to you about the counselling process, fill you in on all the practicalities, and go through a working agreement, so we are both clear on what to expect. 

I understand thinking about coming to counselling can be daunting, and I want you to know my priority is to make you feel as comfortable as possible, by providing a warm, welcoming, safe confidential space belonging to you. Where you can go at your own pace, sharing what feels right and comfortable, putting your needs at the heart of therapy.

Ballymena, County Antrim, BT43

Belfast, County Antrim, BT9

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

AccessNI check

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Online platforms

Microsoft Teams


Melissa McNamee
Melissa McNamee