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About Me

I am a broad-minded, deeply analytical person with a natural talent for understanding the thoughts and motivations of people around me. For as long as I can remember I have attentively analysed “what makes people tick” and subjected myself, and my world to close scrutiny in the pursuit of self-awareness. I have a life-long love of philosophy and psychology.

I passionately celebrate human diversity; diversity of personality, perspective, culture, gender, sexuality, spirituality. I have a deep and genuine liking for all people. Everyone is doing the very best with what they have and everyone wants to be liked, accepted, appreciated and understood. We are all a mixture of natural personality traits combined with learned habitual thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

I don’t believe there is only one objective truth for the way things are. When I sit down with my client I am able to suspend my beliefs, and have my client teach me how they see the world. I set out to provide empathy for your experience and respect for the unique individual that you are.

I believe that my success in helping people stems predominantly from my ability to feel (and convey) understanding and acceptance of the people who consult me. Because of my nature I am able to quickly build nurturing, respectful and trustful one-to-one relationships with people.

My counselling work is supported with a committed mindfulness practice, regular meditation and a comprehensive grounding in the Alexander Technique.

My therapeutic skill can give people back the free will to choose helpful and supportive thoughts, feelings and behaviours through a greater self-awareness and personal effectiveness.

I attend regular clinical supervision and continue to study in order to support and improve my practice.

Professional Qualifications

BA 1st Class Hons Counselling

OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision

BACP Accreditation

Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills.

I am an accredited member of the BACP and adhere to the BACP code of ethics.

"Today you are you, that is truer than true,

There is no one alive that is youer than you!"

Dr Seuss

© Melanie Ayers 2016