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Thanks for stopping by to meet me; I’m Mel Riley...


We all need someone to talk to; someone who listens without judging; who accepts with kindness; who is there to hold your hand as you make sense of your world.

I've been that 'someone' for 15 years – and wouldn't change it for anything! As a counsellor, I've helped clients face everything from heartbreaking trauma to overcoming phobias or eating disorders.

As a snapshot, I offer:

  • Adults and children's counselling
  • Relationships and family therapy
  • Dog assisted therapy
  • Play and creative therapy
  • Professional training and supervision

Everyone is welcome here – whatever your gender, sexuality, colour. If you’re struggling to cope, you'll find a safe place where a warm human being helps you explore your feelings.

Appointments can be online or by phone, but most sessions are face-to-face in the Wolverhampton area. No other staff here, apart from my 'pawsome' team: a sleepy therapy dog, River, and her trainee accomplice, Macca. 

How is therapy different with me?

My start in life shaped me. A childhood of abuse and rejection catapulted me from crisis to crisis – never belonging anywhere. Struggling with overwhelming feelings, therapy helped me gradually learn to manage them....

The journey through therapy to qualifying as a counsellor took me to where I am today: happy being me, feeling safe, stable and in charge of my own life. 

Must confess, I'm not a typical therapist with a clinical waiting room. Instead, I open my home and heart to welcome you in:

  • We might stroll in the park having fun with the 'waggy-tailed' mob. Or we can just sit chatting on a bench, away from everything...
  • Therapy isn't 9 to 5 to suit me. Sessions fit your life and needs. And because I'm an integrative therapist, I use a range of approaches to help you live your life... 
  • Studying neuroscience for the past decade means I understand how trauma affects the brain. I'll help you see it's OK to be human - OK to hurt - then show you how to heal...

If you don't mind an honest, down-to-earth therapist who laughs and eats cake too, call me.

Qualifications and Credentials

  • BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist for children and young people
  • BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
  • Registered with the United Kingdom Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (UKRCP)
  • Member of Association for Family Therapy (AFT)
  • Approved therapist for Bupa, Aviva and WPA Insurance Companies
  • Fully insured
  • CRB/DBS checked
  • Practice is independently supervised by a senior accredited Ofsted registered supervisor

Ready to go on your journey? I'll walk alongside...

If you're hurting right now, stressed out or your head's in a mess, be kind to yourself. Pick up the phone to see if I'm the right counsellor for you.


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Kind words mean everything...

My time with Mel has really helped me overcome many obstacles over the last few months. She has made me who I am today; brought back the old bubbly, confident person that I was.