Melanie Cawthorn

Melanie Cawthorn

Counsellor in Stamford

**Due to COVID-19 and the guidelines provided by the NHS and Government, I started offering online therapy from 16th March 2020. All sessions can be via telephone call, Skype or Zoom. Please adhere to the government and NHS guidelines of self-Isolation and social distancing in order to protect yourself and keep vulnerable people safe. Due to these online platforms, I am now able to offer a wider choice of clinic times/days. Please contact me if you wish to explore this further.**

Everyone is different and ‘mental health', as we know, covers a huge spectrum of difficulties. That's why, when it comes to treatment, there is no one size fits all.
My two clinics are: Stamford, which is within easy reach of the A1 and Trumpington, Cambridge that can be easily accessed from the M11.

As your therapist, it is my job to talk with you in order to help you, and I, better understand what you are going through and identify how best to help you to manage those difficulties effectively. To do that, I will call upon my 30 years of experience gained in a variety of roles, and settings and my extensive knowledge of different therapeutic approaches in addressing mental health issues.

You may be facing a number of different challenges in your life which may need slightly different approaches.
My experience includes working alongside clients suffering with depression, anxiety disorders - including panic and agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalised anxiety disorder. I have also helped a number of clients whose phobias, health anxiety and low self-esteem were hampering their lifestyle.

Very often I will call upon different techniques to help you. I am a registered mental health nurse, a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapist for Depression (IPT). I have a degree in Integrative Counselling. That provides me with various psychological concepts to talk over with you in order to find the one that you feel most comfortable with.

I continue to work within the NHS as a CBT therapist and supervisor and I work for the Universities of East Anglia and Hertfordshire as a clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer.

My practice includes different modalities such as CBT, IPT, EMDR and counselling.

Stamford consulting rooms are situated in the heart of Stamford, Lincolnshire, within easy reach of Peterborough, Oundle, Rutland and surrounding areas, as well as Spalding and Market Deeping. There is plenty of parking nearby.

Cambridge therapy rooms are located in Trumpington with parking facilities with ease of access to the park and ride.
Excellent location for many of the surrounding areas.

Background & Qualifications

Professional qualifications:
Registered Mental Nurse (RMN): May 1987
BSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy: Sept 08
Post Graduate Diploma in CBT: June 2011
IAPT Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Depression: June 2015
EMDR: Part 1: Feb 2018; Part 2: April 2018; Part 3: Sept 2018

Professional memberships
Accredited Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - CBT Psychotherapist
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Member of IPT UK network - IPT Practioner
EMDR Association UK & Ireland

I hold professional liability insurance and I have current DBS/CRB.

I am registered with the following insurance companies:
AXA PPP Healthcare
Simply Health
Vitality Health Legacy

My Specialisms

Adults struggling with:
Depression and post natal depression
A difficult life change/s
Relationship struggles
Mental health and well-being
Low self-esteem and Social anxiety
Anxiety and/or OCD
Health Anxiety, sometimes referred to as Illness anxiety

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My therapeutic style is based in compassion and empathy as I am genuinely interested in getting to know you and the problem, so that together we can find the right combination of therapeutic techniques and interventions that best suit your needs.

A testimonial - "I started seeing Melanie after suffering depression following years of emotional abuse during my marriage. With her help I have found my self worth, feel positive about the future and actually realise what I have going for me. I am able to deal with situations that I would have previously found difficult, and have realised that only I can make myself happy, and likewise, only others can make themselves happy. I feel mentally stronger than I have ever done before, thanks to Melanie."

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Psychotherapy Online/Telephone Please Call
Counselling Online/Telephone Please Call
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Online/Telephone Please Call
EMDR Online/Telephone Please Call
EMDR Online/Telephone Please Call

Additional Rate Information

All Therapies are offered via online platforms at this present time. Therapy sessions are Monday and Thursday; Sunday and BH on request Weekdays: £95 Sundays; Bank Holidays; £105 EMDR: £105 I am able to to offer block booking discounts. Please contact me if you wish to explore this further. Sessions usually last between 45-55mins CBT Supervision is also available: Individual supervision sessions are charged at £80 per 1 hour session and subject to the same cancellation policy. Group supervision may also available, please contact me to discuss your needs.


N/A on 24/06/2018

"A versatile and competent therapist. Helped me overcome depression and rebuild my life. Highly recommended."

AJ on 19/07/2018

"I'm very happy to see Melanie for my current issues.
Very professional, caring.
I would recommend to anyone."

Frances on 30/08/2018

"Melanie has been great with me , I have changed so much as a person from the support she has given me . I couldn't have done it with out her.
I would definitely recommend her.
Thanks Melanie "

Ruth on 20/09/2018

"Melanie has really helped me with my anxiety.
She gave me hope when I felt hopeless about it, and has taught me ways of dealing with the problem that have really helped.
She has supported me but also motivated me to push myself.
I have learnt that I can cope with so much more than I thought I could.
I would highly recommend Melanie as a therapist."

KO12377 on 10/11/2018

"Working with Mel has been so beneficial for me. She helped me to deal with issues I was facing and helped me to find the tools to deal with these issues on an ongoing basis. The biggest benefit from my time with Mel was to realise that my ‘issues' were relevant and justified and that dealing with them is necessary and not selfish indulgent.
I found Mel very approachable and friendly and we built up a very good working relationship where I trusted her completely. "

Sandra on 28/01/2020

"I sought Melanie's support to help me regarding a phobia. I found Melanie to be very approachable, supportive, and non-judgmental. She was friendly and always professional. Melanie provided a safe environment for me to work through the issues and, with her insights and skills, she was able to give share with me valuable tools and guidance that enabled me to reach my goals. I would highly recommend Melanie. "