- Phone number
- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Concessionary rates
I am currently full.
I typically offer appointments from 9:30am - 2:30pm Monday - Friday. I do have limited evening availability.
My standard fee is £85 for a 50-minute session. However, I am able to offer a limited number of spaces at the reduced rate of £75.
In-person sessions are at Bristol Natural Health Service (BS7 8TS).
Please contact me for availability.
About me and my therapy practice
I am currently full and unable to offer any sessions to new clients.
I am a qualified and approachable counselling psychologist providing integrative therapy. I have over 20 years’ experience supporting people with their mental health and I am a registered member with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am currently offering secure on-line and where requested in-person sessions.
I work from an integrative perspective. This means that I am trained in several counselling and psychological approaches. The two approaches that underpin all my practice are relational psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). These complementary approaches bring together psychological theory and research with therapeutic practice. I am also trained in additional approaches (see below) which I can use if we feel they are appropriate for you. People come to therapy for different reasons, have different goals and different needs. I adapt my therapeutic style to ensure that every client has a tailored approach that works for them.
The support I offer is outlined below. If you would like more details about my qualifications, professional memberships and experience, then please see my website: www.melmaton.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.
The use of the title Dr in this directory listing relates to the member’s doctorate qualification. However, this does not imply a general medical qualification.
Your mental health
You may be seeking counselling for a specific issue such as stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or feeling sad. These are all good reasons for seeking support. Alternatively your reason might be more difficult to put into words, not everyone has an identifiable reason for seeking support. Many of my clients have sought therapy because they were struggling to find a sense of meaning or place in the world. Whatever your difficulty, I offer my skills and experience to support you. I provide a confidential and non-judgmental space where your experiences, thoughts and feelings can be expressed and explored.
Here are some of the areas of mental health that I specialise in*:
stress | depression (including post-natal depression) | low self-esteem | all areas of anxiety | (including: generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), health anxiety, social anxiety, coronanxiety, panic attacks, fears and phobias)| feeling sad | low self-confidence | suicidal thoughts | obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) | depersonalisation disorder (disassociation) | post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | trauma | abuse | self-harm | bereavement and loss | relationship difficulties | family issues | social media | addiction
*Please note: This list is not exhaustive. Please contact me if you do not see the problems you are experiencing on the list.
What should I do next?
Give me a call, text or e-mail to discuss booking an initial session.
Tel: 07423 037 942 or e-mail: email@example.com
Brief Telephone Consultation: I understand that you might be nervous about coming to see a therapist for the first time, and that finding the right therapist for you is vital. This is why I can offer a free brief telephone consultation (10-15 minutes) to those who would like it, for us to discuss how I may be able to help you and to ensure that we are well matched to move forward together.
My first session
How will counselling help me?
We all experience difficulties throughout our lives. When these difficulties impact our quality of life and our wellbeing, it can be helpful to seek professional support. Recognising that you are not okay and talking about your experiences can be an important step towards recovery.
Counselling provides a safe space to address these difficulties with a trained and experienced therapist. My focus is on listening openly, without judgment, to whatever you bring to the sessions. Together we will explore the challenges you are facing to improve your mental wellbeing.
What should I expect from the first session?
Our initial session will allow us to get to know each other a little and will give you the opportunity to check that I am the right therapist for you. We will explore your reasons for seeking support and what you hope to get out of counselling. We can begin to outline a plan for therapy and agree the areas to explore. If you have specific goals or changes in mind, we can prioritise these and consider manageable steps towards them.
If you are happy to work together we can arrange further sessions. You can either opt for an agreed number (usually between 8-12) or we can work in a more open ended way. The approach we take may depend on your reasons for coming to therapy and what you want to get out of it.
If for whatever reason you do not feel I am the right therapist for you, there is no obligation to continue.
If you are unsure of anything please just ask.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, CBT, Cognitive, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling