Melissa Steyn - FdSc/Dip (Integrative Counselling), MBACP
I create a safe and confidential space to ensure that you will feel comfortable to discuss your personal problems. Whilst working with a client in a collaborative manner to help them to resolve the cause of their distress and to ensure that they are receiving the best service that is individually designed to help them achieve results.
I work from a Humanistic stance and integrate the following approaches: Person-centred, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Existential, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Mindfulness, Focusing, Motivation Interviewing, Solution Focused Approach, Inner Child Healing, Creative Therapies and Compassionate Mind Training.
I have worked for a Community Mental Health Resource Centre, counselling clients with issues such as addictions, abuse, domestic violence, depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, bullying, social anxiety, grief and loss. I have counselled clients who face the long-term chronic illness Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Helping them come to terms with the progress of their chronic illness whilst managing their anxiety and maintaining a level of independence. I have experience working as a counsellor at a Carers centre, counselling clients who face the challenging role of caring for others.
Furthermore, I have gained experience whilst working in the addictions field, as both a support worker and a counsellor, therefore, gaining a sound knowledge base on what treatment methods work best with addiction and a good understand of what a client needs to ensure that they have a solid and continuous recovery. I understand the importance of helping a client to set-up support networks once completing treatment to help a client to maintain strong sobriety. I am experienced in working with substance misuse, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, sex addiction, gaming addiction, shopping addiction, complicate disorganised eating and internet addiction.
I am experienced in facilitating psycho-educational groups on addiction, eating disorders, low self-esteem, relationship dynamics, assertiveness, life-skills, nutrition training and healthy eating.
I work with disorganised eating or emotional eating by helping each client to make sense of the reasons why they use certain food for comfort. Whilst teaching different therapeutic skills such as emotional regulation and distraction skills to help change the process of mindless eating into mindful eating.
Finally, I work holistically exploring the mind-body connection, the emotional well-being and the focusing on scanning the body of an individual for tension thus engaging and developing the multi-dimensional aspects of the individual. Working holistically means that I will work collaboratively with a person to help gain a deeper understanding of the interdependence parts and how these interdependence parts influence the whole. I integrate the following approaches and techniques: mindfulness mediation, visualisation, relaxation techniques, body scan, Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT), mindful communication and assertiveness skills. To gain a better understanding of the mind-body connection, I explore healthy eating, balance diet and exercise as interventions to improve well-being alongside, stress management, distress tolerance and anger management.
Training, qualifications & experience
- FdSc Counselling Bath Spa University
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF)
- Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- Motivational Interviewing
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Mentoring Skills Level 2
- NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care
- British Nutrition Foundation Certificate
- Mind-Gut Connection Diploma
- Eating Psychology Coach Diploma
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.
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