Melanie Collins

Melanie Collins

Counsellor in Potters Bar

I work in private practice and bring a broad previous experience working in the voluntary sector and NHS. I provide counselling on behalf of medical insurance and employee assistance programmes. I am a personal tutor to counselling students and bring previous working experience in an international Higher Education environment which informs my understanding of the stresses of student life and the difficulties of working and living as an ex-pat.

I offer you a totally confidential professional therapeutic relationship where you are listened to attentively and non-judgementally. Within a totally private space and comfortable environment where the focus is entirely on you, I bring professional insight and understanding to help you address feelings, situations and behaviours which challenge your quality of life or bring unbearable distress. No issue is too minor or too great for us to work with together.

Background & Qualifications

I bring to my private practice 15 years previous experience of working with staff and students in an international Higher Education environment. 13 years counselling/psychotherapy experience including development of in-house counselling service in Hertford GP practice; assessment of suitability and counselling needs of applicants within largest not for profit counselling organisation in Hertfordshire; delivery of long term counselling sessions in the not for profit sector; short term counselling on behalf of the NHS.


WPF Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
WPF Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
WPF Post Qualifying Certificate Working with the Couple in Mind
Accredited Registered Member, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Aviva Health approved provider of counselling/psychological therapies
BUPA approved provider of psychotherapy and counselling
Nuffield Heath approved provider of psychotherapy and counselling
Registered provider of psychotherapeutic services to Employee Assistance Programmes

My Specialisms

Establishing, maintaining or ending relationships; marital affairs and betrayal; low self esteem; feelings of emptiness; eating issues; anxiety; depression; health issues; workplace bullying; student issues; sexual issues; trauma; abuse; miscarriage; anger

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic, working face to face with individuals over 17 years of age. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious processes in the internal world as they are experienced in dreams or acted out in personal behaviour, relationships and repeating destructive habits. The way in which we manage relationships, distress, anxiety, illness, mourning and other forms of loss can depend on how that has been managed for us by early care givers and I strive to provide a totally supportive, empathic, dependable and confidential relationship in which you can feel safe to talk openly without fear of judgement. The relationship between therapist and client is fundamental to successful therapy as aspects of your relationships with those closest to you in life can be re-enacted and worked with to resolve your difficulties. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to develop your self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior and to find ways of changing entrenched habits, attitudes and behaviours towards a better life experience.

I work by mutual agreement in the way that best suits your needs. This can be either short term with a fixed number of sessions to address a specific issue which troubles you, or we can work on an open-ended basis meaning there is no set time limit and we have the opportunity to explore more deeply the roots of your issues. In short term working my approach can support you in examining unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in the need and desire to over eat or abuse exercising, alcohol, recreational drugs. At times I draw on other areas of therapeutic learning in order to tailor to your specific needs as each therapeutic relationship is a very individual experience.

I work face to face in once or twice weekly appointments of 50-minutes, held wherever possible at the same time and day each week. An initial one hour assessment of whether ongoing work could be helpful is refunded if we decide not to go ahead with ongoing work.

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 In Person £55 per 50 minutes
Counselling In Person £55 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

I offer a reduced fee for trainee counsellors requiring therapy as part of their training. Please call me to discuss.