Why counselling?

In 2016 I took a leap of faith and left a long standing arts career to pursue my counselling training.  Before I started training I volunteered at a retreat centre on the Big Island, Hawai’i.  I was moved by the traditions of the Hawaiian people and culture, and learned a great deal about Aloha.  Aloha means love, compassion, gratitude, kindness and affection.  It is a greeting and a farewell. To live Aloha is to be authentic, honest, patient and humble.  While living in community I came to learn more about myself, my soul calling and what being of service means.  Bringing Aloha to Psychosynthesis counselling I look to connect people to their own potential in a safe and empathic environment.  I work from a non-judgmental place where all experiences and feelings are welcome.  ​London can be a chaotic city, I hope to be of service to a wide range of clients.  I have strong experience of working with anxiety, sexuality, grief and depression amongst other areas.  I hope to support you in achieving your goals through our work together. 

Having come from an arts background I am well suited to working with people who work both within the arts or who are artists themselves.  Psychosynthesis is itself a creative model that supports the creative process, sometimes this is through guided visualisations and drawings, other times through writing or meditations.  Having volunteered at the Lesbian and Gay Switchboard I am also well equipped and open to working with the LGBTQI community.  All are welcome. 

See more in my recent Welldoing article: https://welldoing.org/article/meet-therapist-melissa-mcgrath


Qualifications and Professional Membership:

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy.  The Diploma was awarded by Middlesex University.  I am registered with the BACP, membership number 378913.  I also have a BA Hons Degree in English with Drama, have studied Psychology with the Open University, and have completed an Introduction to Counselling. 

GDPR and Data Protection Information: 

I am registered with the ICO for current Data Protection and GDPR legislation.  I take the handling of client data very seriously and will always endeavour to keep all written and computerised notes locked safely away in my home with no identifiable details attached.  All data is anonymised and my computer is encrypted.  I will always do my utmost to maintain complete confidentiality through anonymity and safe keeping of client data in line with GDPR.  Further information about how I handle data can be requested at an initial appointment.