We all need a little help sometimes...
Hello and Welcome!
My name is Melanie and I am a qualified, experienced therapist. I am passionate about helping you to overcome the barriers that stop you from living life to the full. If you want to improve your emotional wellbeing so that you can have the freedom to fulfil your ambitions and live happily, I can help.
Can therapy help me?
Let me ask you a question....are you living the life you want? Let's be honest, many of us aren't! I know this myself, having had first hand experience of feeling stuck and unable to change, despite my best efforts.
I understand how easy it is to get 'stuck in a rut' and before long the days become years and your hopes and dreams become distant memories. Sometimes we are held back from fulfilling our true potential because of unresolved issues from the past. We may find unhealthy ways to cope, then feel even worse about ourselves, and it all becomes a vicious cycle.
If this sounds a bit like you, I can help. I will bring everything that I have learnt on my own journey through therapy to where I am today. You do not need to struggle on your own any more, its time to give up trying to be super self sufficient and accept help. My approach is caring, non-judgemental and focussed on empowering you to develop personal insight and I will walk alongside you as you make changes in your life. At the end of our work together you will:
Be more resilient
Feel better able to cope with situations and relationships
Have courage to make changes and feel more satisfied with your life.
I am happy to work with you for just a few sessions, or to explore issues in more depth. I work with a wide range of emotional issues, including; Anxiety, Addictions, Depression, Difficulties arising from childhood, Abuse, Trauma, Work and Relationship issues.
I specialise in Addictions counselling and offer a comprehensive package of support online.
What to expect in therapy...
From your first contact with me, I pride myself on providing a nurturing environment where you will feel safe and cared for. I work to high professional standards, ensuring privacy and discretion for you throughout our work. Together we will make sense of what is going on for you and develop ways of coping that work for you. Through our work together you will gain personal insight and understanding that will ensure the changes you make are significant and lasting. There are always going to be difficult times, that is just part of life, but you will be able to cope with these and regain emotional balance more quickly.
Your first appointment...
This will involve an initial assessment where I will ask you some questions about the difficulties you are facing and the changes that you would like to make. Then we will plan and prioritise our work together so that it is of greatest benefit to you. I am happy to work with you for just a few sessions, or you may wish to explore issues in more depth over an extended period of time. We will discuss how you want to access future support at this point, which may include:
Online sessions - I understand that my clients have busy professional and family lives so a lot of my work is online, which means that I can offer appointments at flexible times to suit you, wherever you happen to be.
Face to face sessions - if you are in the Teesside area, I have some availability, please get in touch to discuss.
Walking talking therapy - I am passionate about the use of the natural environment in facilitating both mental and physical wellbeing. Once we have completed the initial assessment in your first appointment we can discuss the suitability of this option for you.