Melanie Harris

Melanie Harris

I understand that life can present us with many struggles, ranging from those arising from specific circumstances or existential concerns, through to more complex and long-standing difficulties. Whatever brings you to therapy, I work collaboratively with my clients to deeply understand their struggles, and work together as a team to explore ways of moving forwards.

Working in an relational integrative way means that I am trained in a number of different therapeutic approaches, and am able to adapt the way I work to best suit individual clients and their preferences. A big piece of this is also working to build a strong and trusting relationship between us, in which you feel safe to talk about whatever is troubling you.

I aim to offer a warm and supportive space, and have been told by clients that I help to put them at ease when discussing challenging topics and am a “real” person in the way I work. All of my work is underpinned by my belief that no one is “broken” or “defective” in any way, and that the difficulties we find arising in our lives are often very understandable and normal human responses to certain experiences.

I hold a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a fully insured private practitioner.

Working Together

I have experience of working with many different concerns, including anxiety, depression, high levels of shame and self-criticism, difficulties in relationships, low self-esteem, self harm and/or suicidal thoughts, sexual abuse, and difficult family dynamics/early experiences (including growing up with parents who may have been very loving, but struggled to recognise and attune to your emotional needs).

I have a great interest in relational dynamics, and working with the challenges that arise in our relationships both with others and ourselves, as well as considering how some of these patterns may have arisen from earlier experiences. I am experienced at working with clients who may struggle with high levels of shame or self-criticism, and find that this impacts across many areas of their lives.

As well as private practice, I have also worked in NHS and charity settings. I am also a qualified personal trainer and have a strong interest in how the mind and the body interact, especially when working with trauma. I am a firm believer in size-inclusivity, and work in a body positive way.

I work with adults aged 18 years and over.

If you are interested in working together, and would like to arrange a free initial phone call or to book in for an assessment session, please do get in touch.