Melanie Godden

Melanie Godden


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07958032532

Contact Melanie

Therapist - St. Albans

St. Albans AL1
07958032532
Sessions from £60.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Everyone goes through challenging situations and needs support and security. Counselling can help you to put in place mechanisms to cope in difficult situations. I would like to help you discover these strengths. I provide a unique blend of psychotherapy that emphasizes self discovery and self acceptance as a way to facilitate social, emotional and behavioural well being. My work is based on a deep respect for the client and a belief in their potential to heal and grow.

While psychodynamic theory serves as my clinical foundation, I also use an integrative approach which enables me to combine Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other approaches for various issues including stress, anxiety, depression, sexual identity, post-natal depression, addiction and issues with food. My approach to human issues are very integrative bringing all these experiences and understanding together.

Finding a good match with a counsellor and establishing therapeutic rapport is an important factor for successful therapeutic outcomes. I offer a confidential space where you can be safe in the knowledge that I am BACP member and adhere to the BACP code of practice.

As well as working at St Albans Counselling, I have also worked for The Counselling Foundation, Herts and Beds, and for MIND, a mental health charity, trained as a DIT therapist for the NHS. I have worked extensively with young people, addiction,  bereavement, people who have suffered abuse and trauma as well as eating issues and post natal depression offering a solution based therapy incorporating a psychodynamic approach.

I studied Body Dysmorphia and Eating Disorders (CPD) at the Tavistock Clinic in London and have a PGDip in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from The University of Hertfordshire.

My own personal development is important to me and I stay up-to-date with current practices and theories by attending regular courses.

My first session

I normally suggest a consultation first where it is an opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal setting.

There is no pressure to share anything that may make you feel uncomfortable and I will work very much at your own pace.

A consultation may last for an hour or so and any further sessions are 50 minutes.

It can be helpful to have a chat over the phone to start with and then decide from there if you would like a consultation. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Humanistic, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited