The counselling service is run by Mèlani Halacre (MBACP). Mèlani is a qualified integrative counsellor (Dip. HE through Leicester University) as well as a qualified teacher and has a certificate in psychology and mediation skills and a BA in Communication.
She has experience of issues such as anger, anxiety, bereavement, loss, cultural issues, oppression/discrimination, depression or low mood, general counselling, relationships and self-esteem.
Melani has experience and knowledge of physical disability and conducted literature research into disability as part of her diploma.
“I am a firm believer that if we take the time to look at the things that trouble us, we can break free from the habits and patterns that at one time were useful, but can sometimes become outdated and prevent us from achieving our full potential in life.”
“Counselling is very different from the medical model in the NHS, where talking therapy is often time-limited and solely cognitive-behavioural. I work in a more holistic way, considering the whole person, their family, upbringing and the environmental and social factors that influence their lives. Counselling is very individual and a counselling programme is devised in discussion with each client, according to their needs and goals."
Melani is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP membership number 619792) and adheres to their ethical framework (please visit www.bacp.co.uk for more information), which stipulates regular supervision. She is also covered by civil insurance (professional indemnity and public liability).
Education and research
Mèlani is also available for presentations and lectures on disability and counselling (she holds a Post Graduate Certificate of Education for Further and Higher Education through Manchester Metropolitan University) and is interested in conducting or participating in any research in this field.