Melanie Bambridge | Accredited Counsellor | Norwich | NCPS

Melanie Bambridge

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCSX125

Location: Norwich


The thought of speaking with somebody about how you are feeling can be very daunting and initially raise anxiety levels but it is all part of the journey to you feeling better. The biggest step is admitting you need someone professional to talk to. Once you've made that step, the sense of relief can be immense, as often we can carry our problems on our shoulders for years, literally weighing us down.

I am an accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner. I run a private practice in comfortable surroundings from home. My therapy is client led, going at your pace, tailoring to your needs.

Just speaking to somebody who is neutral, non related and unbiased can be a huge weight off the shoulders in itself.

Friends and family often have their opinions about what you 'should' do and what 'they' would do if they were you. Counselling isn't about that. I am trained to listen to you and guide you to find your own solutions, in your own time.

I initially use a Client-Centred/Psychodynamic approach and then Integrative, Multi-Modality Counselling using the type of therapy that suits you, whether that be Counselling alone, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Meditation techniques, Tapping, CBT style worksheets or Reiki. To name but a few. As I say, I work 'with' you and find the best technique to match the way of working that you are comfortable with.

The thought of Hypnotherapy can make some people panic. Hypnotherapy isn't about making you pretend to walk about clucking like a chicken. All Hypnosis is self Hypnosis and the client is always in control. I guide you through relaxation techniques and once you've achieved a wonderful, deep relaxed state, I then help you to find the root cause of your problem as the critical conscious mind will be too relaxed to block anything. I use positive suggestions to help you to replace old negative thought patterns with a more positive, rational and realistic outlook.

Reiki, literally translates to Rei (healing) Ki (energy) it is non religious and I usually, after talking you through a relaxation visualisation, personally tailored to you, place my hands on or near to your body. The warmth that people can feel, can have a very comforting effect. My clients often say they feel like they've been wrapped in a warm, protective blanket.

Where appropriate, I blend Hypnotherapy and Reiki and call it 'Hypnoki'. The Hypnotherapy helps to create a deep sense of relaxation ready for the Reiki.

As mentioned above, the therapy is tailored to whatever suits you, so i only offer additional techniques other than Counselling if we 'both' feel you would benefit from it.

I regularly partake in courses to continue in my professional development and often join the UKCP Norfolk group for meetings and talks that they hold. I also facilitate the National Counselling Societies Norfolk group meet every couple of months.

I have used Counselling, Hypnotherapy and Reiki with cancer patients which has helped them to reduce their anxiety levels and ease pain and discomfort. It can take them away from the controlling factors of cancer for a while and help to give them an element of control. You can find me at 'Starthrowers' cancer charity in Wymondham on a Tuesday where I offer free sessions.

I also use a gut specific IBS programme in Hypnotherapy which helps to control symptoms of IBS
And a Hypnotherapy programme that helps to alleviate symptoms of insomnia.

I look forward to meeting you.

Thank you for reading


  • Qualifications & Experience
    Reiki level 1
    Reiki level 2
    Diploma in counselling skills
    Diploma in Hypnotherapy Dip.Hip.CS.MHS
    Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Dip.PC.MNCS
    Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Ad.Dip.PC.MNCS (ACC)
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Ageing and related issues
    • AIDS / HIV
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Childbirth: fertility
    • Childbirth: labour
    • Childbirth: pregnancy
    • Children / teenagers
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Driving tests
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Exams
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • IBS / Digestive Issues
    • Illness and dying
    • Immune system support
    • Job interviews
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Prescribed Psychiatric Drug Dependence/Withdrawal
    • Public speaking: stage fright
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Spirituality
    • Sporting performance
    • Start exercising
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Tinnitus
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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