Melissa Derricourt: Human Givens Therapy

Wednesdays 08.30-12.30

Hello, I'm Melissa. I would like to help you. I come from a background of 30 years in general and paediatric nursing, followed by over 11 years therapeutic work with disadvantaged families working as a Senior Practitioner with a leading children's charity. I have been living in Bristol since December 2016 and now have a private practice at Southville Clinic.  I am trained in the Human Givens approach (Human Givens Post Graduate Diploma) which is supported by Primary Care Mental Health Education (Primhe), affiliated with the Royal College of General Practitioners and as a member of our accrediting professional body, the Human Givens Institute, I abide by their professional conduct and ethics policies.


I have experience in offering fast and practical help with clients suffering from:


  • anxiety and stress
  • depression
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
  • low self esteem
  • self-harming
  • relationship problems (including couple counselling)
  • trauma and PTSD
  • addictions
  • anger problems
  • obsessions


Why is this approach so effective?

The Human Givens approach draws on the latest findings from psychology and neurobiology about how people really function and what we need to lead fulfilling lives.


Everyone's situation is different but I aim to take as few sessions as possible and you can fully expect improvements to begin from the first session.  People rarely need more than six sessions to make significant progress and lasting improvements and often as few as three or four are necessary.


What does this treatment involve?

The treatment starts out with me finding out about you, your life and the difficulties you are experiencing.  Usually, right from the first session we will begin using relaxation methods together with a wide range of other techniques.  These exercises work to activate your own natural resources and are key to providing you with immediate relief from psychological stress.


We will also work out some achievable and realistic goals to focus on, starting with small manageable steps.  Treatment ends when you're happy that you have made enough progress to continue living a healthy life without regular assistance from me.  (Human givens therapists do not encourage people to become dependent on therapy.)


What ages are suitable for this approach?

I work with anyone from eight to eighty (and beyond!) and the approach can be tailored to suit all ages.  I have considerable experience in working with children and am happy for parents to be present in the room.


How much does it cost?

My fees are £70 for an hour's session and most sessions usually last an hour.  This initially looks expensive but because of the very few sessions needed it ends up being cheaper than you think!  I accept cash, cheque and PayPal payments.


The full hour’s fee will be charged for second and subsequent cancellations when less than 24 hours notice is given.


I am insured with Balens Insurance.


How can you contact me?

Tel:  07973 340 190 or 0117 963 23 35



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