Each of us is affected in different ways and at different levels, by the current health crisis, no-one is immune to the impact. All of us will feel in some way or another pushed into extreme psychological territories, within ourselves and our relationships at both a personal and/or professional level. I recognise this is a time of distress and upheaval for all of us with many uncertainties about what the future holds.

I am committed to and experienced in providing counselling in times of crisis. I am very familiar with online and telephone counselling and find it works just as well as face-to-face. Being safe and experiencing safety is essential at this time however, there will undoubtedly be additional stresses of feeling confined and alone or having little alone time if you are at home with a family. In my experience, this is the time where we all need support and a listening ear. Being aware of the possible financial uncertainties we face reduced fees are available.

I have significant experience working alongside social care and specialised in building a relationship and mediating families who were in crisis and trauma. Further to this, I am also a Foundational Theraplay® practitioner in this role I bring parents and their children together at a time when behaviours and challenges seem out of control with the aim of achieving a naturally more regulated integrated system. I have many years personal practice of meditation using simple but anchoring techniques to help calm and focus the mind and regain an inner control so that I can be free to take on life challenges with less force or fear.

Melanie Bain is a humanistic counsellor based in Oxford offering confidential and professional counselling. 

She has a post-graduate diploma in humanistic counselling and supervision from the Kinharvie Institute, Caledonian University of Glasgow, where she attended between 2001 and 2004.