I am a Psychotherapist with over eight years of experience providing professional counselling and mental health services.
The word melange means “a varied mixture” and since each client is unique, I use a variety of counselling/therapy models and skills. I am thoroughly trained in Cognitive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.
Mélange Counselling is a cost conscious on-line service that provides professional counselling and psychotherapy for all those seeking help.
With a special interest in providing services to those that are struggling financially, long term unemployed, homeless, youth, and those that are in a geographic region where services are difficult to access.
Special interest in working with;
Some benefits of Online (Web) Counselling;
It is easily accessible to all those who wish to use it. Online therapy overcomes barriers that may preclude others from seeking therapy. For example, individuals residing in rural or remote areas where there are no counselling services can benefit from the accessibility of online counselling.
Those that are physically disabled or unable to leave their home can also easily access such services with little inconvenience. Those that have visual and hearing impairments can also benefit from such services. Web counselling has also shown to be effective in encouraging children and teenagers to receive therapy as they seem to be more comfortable with using the internet
Online therapy is convenient. Both the therapist and the client have the convenience of corresponding with each other at a range of variant times.
For those individuals who are ambivalent about therapy or who may be uncomfortable with traditional models of therapy, may find online counselling more suitable whereby it has been found that online therapy is preferred by those who are uncomfortable with talking face to face with someone about their problems or who are suffering from social phobias, agoraphobia or anxiety disorders.
Online counselling may also be effective in eliminating social stigma associated with receiving therapy. For those who are uncomfortable with receiving therapy, online counselling allows access to such services in private without having to visit the counselling center. Counselling can take on a whole different image when executed by the client in their own home through the computer. It may also allow the client to feel less stigmatized without having to be seen by others in the waiting room, the administrative staff or any other person who just happens to be walking past at the time the client walks through the door.
The absence of face to face contact can also prompt clients to communicate more openly without concerns for bias of race, gender, age, size or physical appearance. This may lead to an increased level of honesty and therefore higher validity in the case of self disclosure. The internet clearly offers a level of anonymity that is perceived by many users as non-threatening through allowing an 'invisibility' that can be.
Because of this, online counselling clearly does offer the client a degree of anonymity that may reduce such social stigma and therefore prompt them to seek assistance when they might otherwise have hesitated.
My training and employment has given me experience and knowledge of children, adolescents and adults with a range of mental health issues and challenging behaviours.
I am experienced in working with Primary and High School students dealing with a wide variety of client issues and difficulties such as anxiety, depression, stress management, suicidal thoughts, rumination and time management.
I have experience in working within a child focused trauma informed model; managing emotional and behavioural presentations of clients; developing rapport; building relationships and de-escalating potential crisis situations.
I am a Youth Mental Health First Aid officer and have implemented student at risk programs designed to build meaningful relationships with a significant adult in order to develop self-esteem and manage presenting issues causing conflict.
PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY, PUBLIC & PRODUCTS LIABILITY INSURANCE
Insured: Melange Counselling Name Surname Member No Darren Cleaver
7002836 Policy Period: FROM July 01, 2018 TO 4:00
Working With Children Check Number: WWC0251175E