Psychotherapist, Midlife Explorer, Trainer and Writer

My story

Meaning and identity have long been central themes in my life. Moving across the globe at a young age left me imprinted with the sense of being different and I had to work out who I was. As a shy, sensitive child I learned to watch and observe in an effort to understand ‘the rules’ and fit in. Little did I know then that this early survival tactic would provide a good foundation for my later work.

As an adult I worked in events and marketing which I loved for its creativity and buzz but the long hours, pressure and expectation that I would promote brands I didn’t believe in told me it wasn’t for me. I was reaching burnout when I decided to follow a quiet but persistent instinct I’d had for years - I retrained as a psychotherapist.

It was a huge commitment and leap of faith which demanded all of my holidays, money and 6 years of my life but worth it. The experience was highly transformative and gave me a model that helped me to make sense of myself, my relationships and the world.

Since qualifying I have maintained a busy private practice with a diverse range of clients, delivered talks and trainings and penned numerous mental health articles. I never stop learning and continue to be moved and inspired by my clients.

Now, in the throes of midlife I am keen to work with other midlife women, sharing what I have learned both personally and professionally so that I can help others to find their own unique meaning and purpose, embrace who they are and live lives that offer greater fulfillment.

 

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Professional Experience

In 2008 I qualified with a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy and I am UKCP Accredited.

I have trained in EMDR (eye movement and desensitisation and reprocessing)therapy, a type of therapy approved of by NICE and the World Health Organisation which is aimed at treating trauma.

For over 15 years I have maintained a busy private practice seeing individuals and couples.

I volunteered for the Adult and Adolescent Bereavement Service, St Joseph’s Hospice Hackney and The Place2be in schools.

Speaking and Training

I enjoy giving talks and training on a range of midlife and mental health topics and have spoken at organisations such as:

The Home Office - The British Library - The Commonwealth Bank of Australia - Hostage UK -
Barts and the London NHS - Sellafield

If you would like me to visit your group or organisation get in touch and we can discuss.

Testimonials

Melissa was excellent. She allowed me to say whatever was on my mind without judging and worked with me to work out the best way for me to deal with the issues we discussed. I felt she was non-judgmental and understanding and I know she asked all the right questions to help me to address the problems I had when I contacted her. I can only say thank you to her - she was fantastic
— Former Client
Thank you again for all you’ve done for me, I can’t really put into words how much it has helped.
— Former Client
The sessions I’ve had with you have been extremely helpful and I see areas of my life and relationships in a new light
— Former Client