Melissa Sedmak MBACP, Bedford Bridge Counselling
Are you feeling overwhelmed and anxious? Burnt out? At a crossroads? Do you perhaps feel that your friends or family do not understand or accept you? Or is it something else that is not quite right and it is bothering you?
And then, there is Covid-19. You might be anxious because of the current measures (or their easing off) and feeling uneasy to go out. Your work might have changed dramatically since March 2020, and you might not have found your bearings yet. Or you might have been bereaved, and still coming to terms with the loss and grief.
These are some of the issues that clients bring to counselling and within the safety of four walls, and an online connection, talk about them, and try to understand these issues and themselves better. I particularly enjoy supporting clients with anxiety, intrusive thoughts and OCD, to take charge of their life and live more fully.
I am a fully qualified Counsellor, registered with BACP, and in my private practice Bedford Bridge Counselling I can help you to bridge the gap between who you are and who you could be. I work within the BACP ‘Ethical Framework for Counsellors’, and also the BACP Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy. Information relating to both of these documents can be found at: www.bacp.co.uk.
I started seeing clients in 2012 and have worked with clients across all age ranges, from 20, up to and beyond retirement, of varied ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation.
I am committed to offering a service which is welcoming to all backgrounds in a supportive and non-discriminatory manner. I am also LGBTQ+ affirmative.
If you are in need of support, please feel free to contact me via email or WhatsApp so that we can arrange a 20min telephone conversation, and see if I could help you. If you choose to ring, please leave a message as I am often unable to pick the phone up.
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 Organisational Communication, Change Management and Project Management
- MSc and MEng in Mechanical Engineering
- PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial online session
£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. As currently sessions take place online, 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.
You might be curious to know what I did prior to 2012 when I started seeing clients. I started off as a Telephone Market Research Interviewer after my first degree, continued into a role of a mechanical engineer after my MSc, got involved in change management that led onto a PhD in that area while working on a research project, in parallel doing some English language teaching, and then working for a number of years in the academia, in the area of project and risk management. For the last 20 years, I lived in a number of countries and worked with a multitude of people from different cultures, helping them move on in life.