Melissa Kirwan

Melissa Kirwan

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Hassocks

Hassocks BN6
Sessions from £55.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates


My current clinic days are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with flexible timings. 

About me and my therapy practice

I am a fully qualified, BACP registered psychodynamic therapist working near Hassocks, West Sussex. I strive to create an open and accepting atmosphere for clients to work through their difficulties and gain a better understanding of themselves and their past experiences, in order to create meaningful and lasting change in their lives.

The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to understand our current thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the context of our past experiences and unconscious conflicts. My approach in sessions incorporates psychodynamic theory with a motivation towards creating empowerment and a bespoke approach to you and your individual concerns. Sessions are always tailored to your needs and at a pace you feel comfortable with. I believe in building a trusting, supportive therapeutic relationship through acceptance, openness and transparency, all of which you can expect from me at all times during our work together. It is my aim to help you explore and understand your current and past experiences, how these are impacting your wellbeing and reduce any self-blame you may be feeling for the difficulties you are having. This approach can lead to changes in repeating patterns that are causing distress, healthier relationships with yourself and others, and help you build confidence to move forward as your authentic self.

I use this approach to work with individuals aged 17 and upwards who are struggling with a variety of issues including anxiety, experiences of trauma, abuse, depression, OCD, phobias, addiction issues and relationship difficulties. I offer both short- and long-term approaches - we can discuss the best approach for you during our first session and/or as our work progresses.

Choosing to begin therapy is a big step and I understand finding the right therapist for you is extremely important - I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my practice via e-mail, the contact form on my website or text message/WhatsApp.

Practice description

I practise in a calm, quiet therapy room in the heart of the West Sussex countryside. The location is very accessible, with ample parking and other facilities such as a waiting room and unisex toilets. A converted farm building in the middle of the South Downs, the venue offers beautiful views and opportunities to move sessions outside into the surrounding countryside.

My first session

My first session is an opportunity for us to get to know one another and decide if psychodynamic therapy is the right choice for you. Initial sessions are offered at a reduced rated of £35 and we will complete an in-depth assessment together to gain an understanding of your current difficulties. These sessions are kept flexible and open and tailored to help you feel as comfortable as possible whilst also getting to know me as a therapist. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ counselling, Life coaching, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Neurodiversity, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Vegan allied, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Animal assisted therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Outdoor therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited

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