Melanie Jane Hickling

About Me
Hi and welcome to my website. I am a person-centred counsellor grounded in the person-centred approach. I trained at The University of Nottingham. I offer a gentle and warm approach and I aim to provide a genuine therapeutic relationship in a safe, confidential and supportive therapeutic environment where you can express anything that is on your mind. Person-centred counselling is an empowering approach which can support you in finding your own answers, developing trust in yourself, in yourown decision making and your own experiences. The core belief is that you know what hurts and you have the answers inside you; I work closely with your experience of your life, thoughts and feelings to help you gain a deeper understanding of who you are and support you in making your own decisions. You choose what you bring to counselling and I will provide an impartial, non-judgemental, accepting and understanding environment where you can explore what is important to you. 

I have been involved in counselling since 2008. I currently work as a voluntary counsellor for a charity alongside my private practice where I have gained a lot of experience working with a variety of issues including clients experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress and bereavement. I have worked with counsellors in training for personal development. I work with on a one to one basis with adults, young people over the age of 18 and older adults.
I am a Registered Member of the Brish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am guided by the BACP Code of Conduct and Ethics.

"Thank you so much Mel for all your patience at what for me was such a difficult time"

"I have found you to be very gentle and supportive, you have enabled me to share my pain, thank you"

My Qualifications

ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling Practice
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
I am currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Trauma Studies

Continuing Professional Development

Grief and Loss
Working with Self-Harm
Secondary Traumatization of the Counsellor
Working in a Person-Centred Way with other theory thoughts
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Domestic Abuse
Honour Abuse and Asylum
Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse
Deliberate Self Harm / Empowerment
Issues and Perspectives around Sexual Minority Clients
Animal Assisted Therapy
Working with Carers
Mental Health First Aid