Simone Mellor-Clark, MSc (Psych) CTA (P) UKCP Reg.
I am an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist with many years of experience working with individuals and couples across a wide range of settings including the NHS.
Working in different psychological therapy services has provided me with experience of working with clients of all ages, from all walks of life, and with a wide range of diagnoses and issues.
I provide a dedicated, confidential and neutral space in which you can bring and explore emotional and relationship difficulties, gain insight into their origins, come to terms with painful experiences, and work to identify and change unhelpful thinking, behaviour and emotional responses.
I offer different levels of ongoing therapeutic support, from time-limited focused counselling for specific issues, to open-ended psychotherapy for long-term or recurrent difficulties with roots in the past.
In order to monitor whether therapy is helping, I will ask you to complete brief questionnaires at regular intervals, so together we're able to reflect on your progress. This enables me throughout therapy, to adapt my approach, to your individual situation, and help ensure you get the most from your investment in therapy.
I work mainly in person, although I also offer telephone and online therapy.
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. Because of this, I offer potential clients a free 30-minute, no obligation, initial consultation. This provides an opportunity for us to look at why you have contacted me, what you hope to achieve from being in therapy, and most importantly - for you to decide if I’m someone you would feel comfortable working with.
I view therapy as a collaborative endeavour, where you and I work together to help you better understand your inner world and its effects on your relationships and any recurring problems you might be experiencing.
Transactional Analysis (TA) is the main therapeutic approach I use. This approach offers a unique way of understanding our personality, behaviours and relationships. It’s an integrative approach, combining humanistic, cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytic concepts.
TA provides concepts which can help us to understand how:
- we function psychologically
- we communicate and why communication breakdowns occur
- decisions made in our childhood continue to influence our behaviour later in life despite painful consequences.
Drawing on TA and other therapeutic approaches, we’ll work together to make links and observations between your past experiences, and your present difficulties. Our aim will be to establish a greater understanding of ‘why you do what you do’, and discover alternative ways for you to cope, or bring about changes, in the way you think, feel and/or behave. Together, over time, we’ll build an understanding of how a single event, or a series of complex life experiences, may be affecting you in ways that hold you back from having the quality of relationships and life you would really like for yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced UKCP registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over 13 years of clinical practice, and a wealth of life experience which I find useful to draw on in my work.
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.
- Diploma in Mindfulness in Relationship awarded by the Karuna Institute, Devon
- Foundation Training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Shrewsbury
- Certificate in Further Counselling Skills awarded by the LINK Centre, SussexBPS Approved
- BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision (The British Psychological Society), London.
I’ve also undergone training in Third Wave CBT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and The Art and Science of Therapeutic Storytelling approaches.
As a member of UKCP, I abide by their Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct. 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 Ethical Principals, to ensure I work in a manner which is safe and of most benefit to my clients. I am DBS checked and insured for private practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individual sessions cost £45 for a one hour session.
Appointments are scheduled either weekly or bi-weekly. When nearing the end of our work together, depending on how long this has been, I may suggest we begin to reduce the frequency of our appointments (e.g. from weekly to bi-weekly, and so on).
Couples appointments are one and a half hours in duration and cost £75 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 8.30am and 7pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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