Melanie Johnson

Melanie Johnson I am an accredited counsellor and iRest Yoga Nidra Certified Teacher with many years experience of working with people from a range of backgrounds, facing various challenges.

I have explored different therapeutic approaches and spiritual traditions. As well as personal practice and research, I have spent time in India, Italy, California and the UK studying with different teachers.

I am an integrative counsellor, bringing together several influences. I have trained in Person-Centred Counselling, Embodied Relational Therapy, Family Constellations and iRest Yoga Nidra. I also draw from other approaches such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory, the 12-steps and the Eastern Wisdom traditions.

I have also experienced challenges myself and navigating these has informed my work given me an understanding of and trust in the process of healing, recovery and becoming.

I value diversity and am committed to sharing the aspects of my work derived from spiritual traditions in a way that is respectful of difference and personal preferences. I share what is helpful about these traditions in a way that is suited to people of all faiths and none.

Professional Experience

  • 2000 to 2005 – Counsellor, Preston College
  • 2005 to 2010 – Counsellor, University of Glamorgan
  • 2019 to present – Private practice

Alongside working as a therapist, I currently work part-time in the Local Authority in a team that supports older people, people with disabilities, and their carers.

As well as working as a counsellor I have worked for almost 30 years in advice and guidance roles within further education, higher education, Citizens Advice Bureau and social care.

Selected education, training and accreditation

  • Family Constellations Practitioner Training with Sarasi Rogers – April 2020 to May 2021
  • Flowering of Life Family Constellations Training with Sarasi Rogers – October 2019 to April 2021
  • iRest certification programme – Certified iRest Teacher status awarded – April 2020
  • iRest Level 2 Yoga Nidra Training – October 2019
  • iRest Level 1 Yoga Nidra Training – May 2018
  • Motivational Interviewing Training – August 2017 (2 days)
  • New Pathways Volunteer Training Sexual Violence and Abuse – August 2016 to November 2016 (10 days)
  • EFTMRA Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Level 2 – February 2016 (3 days)
  • Mandala Yoga Ashram Foundation Year of Yoga Teacher Training Course – September 2012 to August 2013
  • Severnside Institue for Psychotherapy Work Discussion Course – September 2006 to June 2007
  • Manchester Gestalt Centre Introduction to Therapeutic Groupwork – January 2005 to June 2005 (8 days)
  • Accredited counsellor status awarded by BACP – September 2004
  • Advanced Diploma Embodied Relational Therapy – September 2002 to March 2003
  • City & Guilds Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners – September 2001 to June 2002
  • Diploma Embodied Relational Therapy – May 2001 to May 2002
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College Diploma in Counselling – September 1996 to June 1999
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College Certificate in Counselling – September 1995 to June 1996
  • Advanced Counselling Skills (Egan Model) – September 1993 to November 1993
  • Basic Counselling Skills (Egan Model) – March 1993 to May 1993
  • The University of Manchester BA (Hons) Media with Business Management – September 1989 to June 1992

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