I am an integrative counsellor, who has had extensive training in a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches which I utilise within my practice.
Prior to this, I spent 8 years working within the NHS with children and adults diagnosed with complex inherited diseases in a scientific setting. Working therapeutically with patients and their families, by providing emotional support through their treatment, reinforced my desire to pursue a career in counselling.
My experience has been within both NHS primary care (IAPT) and the leading Mental Health Charity Mind, providing both long and short term therapy to adults. I am currently also working in a specialist COVID service with a focus on supporting front line workers through the crisis, bereavement, and stress.
I hold a professionally accredited degree (MSc) in Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Greenwich, London. Prior to this, I gained a Foundation Diploma in Art Therapy from Roehampton University and a B. A (Hons) from London South Bank University. I am a Registered Member of BACP, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, working under their ethical codes.
I'm a firm believer there is not a ‘one shoe fits all’ approach when working with clients. As an integrative practitioner, I use a variety of counselling techniques, which I tailor to each individual based on their needs and circumstances.
There are two main counselling frameworks in which our work together may focus. Working psychodynamically, we may explore your childhood and early life relationship dynamics to become more conscious of things outside of your awareness, understanding more about your past. Working with the humanistic approach is where we can focus on the 'here-and-now', exploring your current subjective understanding of life events and how this affects your self-worth. This therapeutic approach can provide greater self-development by gaining insight into your own personal value and unique strengths.
A vital component in my practice is developing a positive therapeutic relationship, building trust and honesty in a collaborative partnership so that you feel comfortable and supported as much as possible to explore yourself in-depth and express your needs. I believe the dynamic relationship between counsellor and client is central to the effectiveness of therapeutic outcomes.
I have worked with clients from all walks of life facing issues of:
Sexuality and Sexual Identity
If you feel like I may be a good fit for you or would like to find out more information, please email me directly:
Melissa Kasilian Counselling
338 City Road
London, EC1V 2PY