Mel Mc Mahon

Mel Mcmahon, counsellor, therapistMel has had 20 years practice experience working with adults, young people, children and families. Originally qualifying as a psychodynamic counsellor, Mel has taken additional training in a variety of approaches including attachment theory, systemic family therapy and sandplay therapy

Mel is experienced in working with a range of issues including anxiety and stress, bereavement, loss and separation, low mood and depression, historical and recent trauma, domestic abuse, chronic illness and much more. Mel focuses on helping people to understand their thoughts, feelings and experiences, to look at how past experiences may be impacting on the present and to support life changes and transitions. Mel has a variety of creative and practical approaches and is guided by what feels comfortable and helpful to the client. She works with a person’s strengths and vulnerabilities seeing both as a valuable part of who they are. She offers short and long term work and is committed to making therapeutic interventions supportive and helpful in people’s everyday lives.

Mel’s work is informed by a variety of work experiences. Mel has been a primary school teacher and has additional training and experience working with special educational needs. Mel has worked as part of a multi-agency team supporting children with emotional and behavioural difficulties . She has supported children and families pre and post diagnosis for autism, ADHD and similar neuro-developmental difficulties.  She has also supported families where a sibling or parent has a long-term mental illness. She has worked with children who have been bereaved and with those who have experienced traumatic separations and loss.

Mel has managed a team of counsellors and arts therapists working in schools and has trained and supervised staff across a variety of disciplines including social care, education and the voluntary sector.

She is experienced working with children from 4 years upwards. With children her work is play based, she has supported children with general anxiety and fears, school-based anxiety, parental separation, bereavement and loss, managing anger, social stress and anxiety and bullying. She has supported children who are fostered and adopted and children who have experienced trauma.

Mel’s work with teenagers includes anxiety, exam/school stress, low mood and depression, those exploring their sexuality and gender, those managing additional needs and those using self-harm as a coping strategy.

Mel has worked with parents who are concerned about their children’s behaviour or mood, who want to better support their children through life challenges or diagnosis or those who are struggling themselves with the many challenges of parenthood.

Mel aims to bring compassion, empathy and enthusiasm to the process of therapy. She is passionate about therapy as a helpful tool for increasing understanding , resolving past trauma and making positive life changes.

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Telephone: 07817 510 941