Works as Senior Counsellor / Psychotherapist at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.
She works with a wide range of issues and problems including depression; anxiety; relationship issues; bereavement / loss; physical illness; post-traumatic stress; gender identity / sexuality; sexual abuse; redundancy; and eating disorders.
She particularly enjoys working with young people and working with people of different cultural backgrounds. She is familiar with the demands and pressures of academic life for both students and staff and the dynamic aspect of educational settings.
Melissa's way of workingMelissa works in an integrative way, incorporating many different approaches and theoretical models into her counselling and psychotherapy sessions with clients including Humanistic, Gestalt, and Existentialism. She believes that the establishment of the therapeutic relationship is core to all of her work with clients and she values the diversity of different theoretical models to inform her practice and to deliver a therapy experience tailored to the needs and preferences of each individual.
She enjoys using expressive mediums in her practice. This may include the use of art, photographs, the written word or dreamwork.
Melissa's background and trainingMelissa has substantial post-accreditation experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including within: university counselling services; several GP practices; an organisation which supports women who have experienced domestic violence; and for employee assistance schemes in the independent sector.
Prior to this, she worked as a social worker for 20 years, primarily in the field of adult mental health, both in community and hospital settings.
She is registered and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).