Simone Mellor-Clark, MSc (Psych) CTA (P) UKCP Reg.
Hello, my name is Simone. I’m a highly experienced integrative UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor who’s worked with individuals and couples across a wide range of settings including the NHS for over 14 years.
You may have found this directory because you’re considering counselling or psychotherapy for yourself or someone you care about.
We all instinctively know having someone compassionate and supportive to talk to will help us through a crisis or difficult patch. Friends, family and colleagues may be great to talk over some aspect of our lives with, yet there may be some topics we feel uncomfortable discussing, or we may even feel a burden if we were to share them.
Therapy offers a safe environment for you to talk with someone who’s trained to help you deal with and accommodate a wide range of emotional, social and mental health issues. It has a proven track record, which explains why so many people use therapy as a way of resolving personal difficulties and challenges when trying to find their path through life.
In response to the challenges of COVID-19, I’m currently only providing therapy via video conferencing or telephone. I really enjoy working with these formats and value the opportunities they provide to help us connect during these times of uncertainty, isolation and anxiety. Research consistently shows that online and telephone therapy is as effective as in-person therapy.
I have a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling and have completed the UKCP COVID-19 Online Working Guidance course.
Therapy is a joint venture, where we work together to help you better understand your inner emotional world and its impact on how you view yourself, others, and your external world.
How we work together will be informed by what you bring to therapy. As an Integrative therapist, I’m able to combine concepts drawn from a range of traditions, theories, and research findings to help find the best fit with your individual needs. For example, if you’re someone who experiences a lot of anxiety, then you may benefit from a CBT and Mindfulness-Based approach to explore and understand the roots of the anxiety you experience and reduce your symptoms. Equally, if you’re experiencing difficulties in your relationships, you may benefit from a Psychodynamic and attachment-based approach to help you develop more secure and supportive relationships.
My aim is to understand and connect with you and your story and to provide a welcoming and supportive space for you. Finding out about ourselves in the presence of a responsive and curious other can be a rewarding and enriching process, with many clients experiencing their therapy as an enjoyable part of their personal growth and development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally trained, qualified and experienced relational Psychotherapist. I’m registered with the Humanistic and Integrative College of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the United Kingdom of Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA). I hold the following qualifications:
- Master of Science in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy awarded by Middlesex University. This qualification means I have successfully undertaken a rigorous accredited training which meets the exacting standards required for registration with UKCP
- Core Process Psychotherapy Diploma in Mindfulness in Relationship awarded by the Karuna Institute, Devon
- Foundation Training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Shrewsbury
- People, Personality & Disorder in Mental Health Care, University of Lincoln
- Diploma in Mindfulness in Relationship awarded by the Karuna Institute, Devon
- Certificate in Further Counselling Skills awarded by the LINK Centre, Sussex
- BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision (The British Psychological Society), London
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (The National Counselling Society / ACTO)
- Dr Bessel van der Kolk on How the Body Keeps the Score: Intensive Trauma Treatment Course, PESIUK
- Advanced Training for Trauma Treatment of Complex PTSD, Arizona Trauma Institute
- Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges, PhD: Trauma, Attachment, Self-Regulation & Emotions, PESIUK
I’ve also undergone training in Third Wave CBT; Interpersonal Psychotherapy; Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills; Clinical Risk Assessment and Management; and The Art and Science of Therapeutic Storytelling approaches.
As a member of UKCP, I abide by their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice to ensure I provide clients with a professional and quality service. I am in regular clinical supervision, where I receive support and feedback on my client work from a senior colleague. This is a professional requirement of the UKCP Code of Ethics, to ensure I work in a manner which is safe and of most benefit to my clients. I am enhanced DBS checked and insured for private practice.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Research evidence has consistently shown the most important factor in the success of therapy is not the type of therapy, but the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. So, the most important first step for you is to find a therapist you like and feel comfortable with. To help you with this step, I offer an introductory session where if we prove to be a good fit and agree to work together, I charge you my usual fee and if we don’t choose to work together, then there is no charge.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 7pm. They are normally scheduled weekly but may be fortnightly or at other intervals by agreement.
All appointments are one hour in duration, and I charge £50 for individuals and £65 for couples.