About me

There’s a weight on your shoulders and a churning in your stomach.  You feel an overriding sense of unease.  You are anxious about feeling anxious.

This shakiness is stopping you from enjoying life. It may even be stopping you from living.
You need something to change.

You want to calm down.  To gain a sense of stability and perspective.  To enable you to live a more fulfilled life.  To take-on responsibilities that currently seem too much.  To feel empowered.

My role is to help you get there.  Which means confronting your low self-esteem.  Understanding why you feel the way you do, whether it stems back to childhood or simply feeling that you have become invisible.  I want to support you on that journey.  And when, at some point, we say ‘goodbye’, it’ll be when we both trust in you feeling the freedom and control to be your authentic self.

If you are curious and actively committed to making this work then please get in touch at any time.  Whether you want to explore the routes to getting you back to where you once were, or to feeling the confidence others describe but you have never experienced.  My greatest sadness is also my greatest thrill: ending our sessions knowing that our work is done.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Gestalt Counselling, The Albany Centre, St. Albans
  • Certificate in Embodied Therapeutic Practice, Robert Downes & The Albany Centre, St. Albans
  • PhD in Change Management and Communication, UK
  • MSc and MEng in Mechanical Engineering, UK/Serbia
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Sydney, Australia

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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50 for 50 minutes. Missed and cancelled sessions are payable in full if less that 48 hours notice has been given by email or text. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the payment by bank transfer also needs to be completed 48h in advance of the session.

I have some concessionary places for clients identifying as LGBTQ+ and students on counselling courses.

Further information

I grew up in a patriarchal society and have had to break-free from the pre-determined expectations around me. I have lived in different cultures.  I have travelled widely.  I have had to discover how to live my own life rather than someone else’s – and I believe that has been the most helpful thing to me as a therapist (particularly as I first qualified as an engineer!).

Practice description

I’m based in the heart of Bedford and am happy to meet in person or online.  I find that ‘walk and talk’ sessions are particularly inspiring and effective.

My practice is built on increasing awareness of your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, sensations and moods.  Once we understand those better, we can create the freedom for you to live your life.  You can stop avoiding places and people.  Anxiety can cease to govern you, but only once we are able to open-up the choices open to you.

The key is to create an environment where we can speak openly and freely.  The more you choose to disclose, the more I can help.  I want you to feel that you can lean on me for support, trust me and, hopefully, like me too!  Counselling needn’t be heavy and dull.  I believe that a great session is inspiring, insightful and upbeat.  I want you leaving feeling that we have had an enjoyable 50 minutes together.

My first session

Let’s start with a chat.  Just 20 minutes to see how we get on.  No expectations, no commitment and no charge.  If that works, we can plan an assessment session where we discuss significant events in your life which have shaped you and are relevant to the reason you are seeking counselling.  I will also consider your expectations and what you hope to achieve on the counselling journey.  From that point it’s all about how committed you are to making this work and how quickly we can start to make a difference together.

What next?

If this sounds like it has potential, don’t hold back.  Text me.  WhatsApp me.  Whatever suits you best.  Let’s start the process because, in my experience, that’s the biggest hurdle for anyone.  Once we have begun, everything becomes possible.

Bedford Counselling & Training
69-71 Gwyn Street
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40 1HH

Bedford
MK40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Additional languages

Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/Montenegrin

Melissa Sedmak

Melissa Sedmak