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Counselling, Integrative Therapy, Coaching, Wellbeing Courses & Workshops

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Melanie Rivera

Integrative Therapist & Wellbeing Coach
Mental Health, Wellbeing, Diversity

Hello, I’m Melanie

I am an integrative therapist and a wellbeing coach.

 I work with adults of all ages from the age of 18 and have experience in coaching, mentoring and counselling individuals with a range of problems.

Over the years my work has involved helping distressed people who experienced a wide range of issues, including; Acceptance, Anxiety, Anger, Change, Depression, Disability, Health, Life adjustment, Lifestyle Habits, Self-esteem, Sexuality (inc STD),  Substance Misuse, Trauma, Wellbeing, Relationships. 

I offer a person-centred and integrative approach to therapy. My fundamental approach is person-centred, the individuals that I work with are at the centre of the therapeutic therapy service I offer and treated as a person with their own personal experience and resources. The focus is on what you can do, not on a particular condition or disability. I believe that given the right conditions people can flourish and achieve their aspirations.

The integrative modalities and approaches, that I am trained in (including CBT, Humanistic and Psychoeducation (PE) approaches) can enrich the sessions and be tailored to meet individual needs and unique circumstances.

I offer face to face sessions (depending on location), online counselling, or telephone sessions, to suit your needs. Please feel free to book an initial conversation via zoom or telephone, to decide if we will work well together.


A bit about me

“I’m never ashamed to disclose that it was my personal experiences that drew me to my work. The disciplines and helpful skills that I am now formally trained in have in the past helped me through some significant life problems. Many of these skills have become a natural part of my lifestyle and habits.”

My background training was in NLP, Coaching and Holistic Therapy, and have over seven years work experience and additional training in delivering government approved wellbeing programs including the family action program, empower and integrity course. Working with people in Job centres, Probation centres, prisons and community hubs, who are struggling with a wide range of challenging issues. I feel my personal and professional experiences in life help me to resonate and empathise with people from all walks of life.  

I am very passionate about my work, I enjoy connecting with individuals, in a therapeutic space, that can help them make sense of their difficult situations, cope better with pain, distressing emotions, and discover their resources and  pathway towards achieving their personal goals.


Professional qualifications and experience

  • F.Degree in Counselling and Integrative Therapy                                                           

Training includes the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) counselling online as well as in-person, 100 practice hours, portfolio of work , in addition to University level studies in exploring mental health and counselling, attachment theory, Family Systems, modalities (person centred, cognitive behavioural therapy,  gestalt and Emotionally Focused Therapy). 

  • HND in Health and Social Care

 Includes university level studies in mental health and community, difference/diversity, living with critical health issues, disability, end of life care and grief and loss. 

  • Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath® Certified Practitioner

Includes co regulation and self regulation evidence based techniques to help manage emotional state and create coherence (helps to reduce stress, find balance, and build resilience).  Understanding the heart and mind communication and its relationship to managing stress increases coherence and deepens our connection to self and others.

  • NLP Master Practitioner

​Includes coaching skills, parts integration, timeline therapy, eye movement desensitisation, meta model and much more, master practitioner level skills.

  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy​

Includes mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation, hypnotherapy techniques and NCH portfolio, theory and questions.

Additional qualifications & workshops  

  • EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, training and trauma therapy, Level 1

  • HIHT Dip in Holistic Therapies & Nutritional Advice

  • The Resilient Heart™ – Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath® Certified Practitioner

  • Psychwire Course – Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Psychwire Course- Essentials of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Psychwire Course -Motivational Interviewing

  • FutureLearn- Mindfulness Practice for Stress and peak performance

  • Co-Active Coaching Skills

  •  John Gottman Level 1 – Relationship workshop in Seattle

  • CPD Nathaniel Brandon 6 Pillars of self-esteem

  • FutureLearn-Psychology and Mental Health, beyond nature and nurture.