Why counselling and where am I now?
In 2016 I took a leap of faith and left a long standing arts career to pursue my counselling training after long consideration and reflection over where I could best be of service in this world. Before I started training I volunteered at a retreat centre on the Big Island, Hawai’i and was moved by the traditions of Hawaiian people and their culture, I learned a great deal about Aloha and what being of service really means. I was lucky enough to live and breathe the air for three months before returning to start my training at the Psychosynthesis Trust. This experience set me up well to undertake the rigorous training and to be part of a collective learning process that has forever changed me and reinforced in me that my choice to be a counsellor was the right one. Never in my time training though did I think that we would enter into a pandemic in 2020, nor did I see a world where online therapy was also so readily available, and yet here we are and here we have been. I have been thankful that the training I undertook gave me the skills to continue my work throughout the pandemic and beyond, to support people during this traumatic time, and to really be of service, it has been very humbling. What I see now is a time of recovery and this is where the 'where am I now' part comes in: I am here now, ready to be of service and work with you should you feel ready to get in touch and come see me. You don't have to be coming about the pandemic, but if you are we can also work with this and where it has impacted you and how to move forward. Fear is terrible for us all and I am keen to work with people around fear, ill-health, mortality and grief to help us all heal and move forward as a collective.
Now, at this present moment in spring 2022, I can see that the authenticity and skill I bring to Psychosynthesis counselling can be of benefit to anyone. I can see how I have grown as a practitioner and a human over the last five years and hope that this skill and care can be felt as soon as we meet, whether that is online or in person. In the work I look to connect people to their own potential in a safe and empathic environment using a range of skills, but also by simply holding space for people. I work from a non-judgmental place where all experiences and feelings are welcome, nothing is off the table. London can be a chaotic city even now and whilst I hope to be of service to a wide range of clients throughout my career, I have been humbled by everything brought to the therapy space over the last five years. I have a wide range of experience of working with anxiety, sexuality, grief and depression amongst other areas, but please do reach out to discuss what it is you might be bringing as these are just a few of my areas of experience.
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 LGBT+ Switchboard I am also well equipped and open to working with the LGBTQ community and myself identify as she/they. All are welcome.
See more in my 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. I will always do my utmost to maintain complete confidentiality through anonymity and safe keeping of client data in line with UK GDPR.