About Me

My vision as a counsellor and psychotherapist is to provide a quality mental health service in Westmeath and in my local community. Throughout my life i have always strived to help and support others. Entering into this field of study and practice has enabled me to help others work through any psychological, emotonal, behavioural or spiritual difficulties. 

I have a diploma as a special needs assistant and i have a BA (hons) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I completed my core training with the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Furthermore, at present as of 2019  I am continuing my studies with an MA in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy . I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a current member of IACP which is one of the governing bodies in Ireland for Counsellors. I adhere to their ethics and guidelines. Furthermore, i adhere to Children's First Guidelines also. 

I am of the belief that each client has the capacity to enter on a journey of healing and self-discovery. It is my goal to assist my client through this using various therapeutic interventions based on their needs. 

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What is Counselling?

Counselling is a form of talk therapy which allows an individual to explore any difficulties they may be facing in their life. The goal of counselling is to work through these difficulties, gain a further awareness of self and improve overall quality of life.

Entering into counselling can be a daunting process and it is normal to feel anxious as you embark on this journey. One of the first things we can discuss is what are your expectations. We can work together to find answers to what may be causing you unhappiness in your life. The pace we work at reflects on what you are comfortable with. Contact me on 085 719 3691 or melissa.m.hanley1984@gmail.com for any further information or if you would like to make an appointment. 

Butterfly on Branch

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Viktor Frankl


How I Can Help

I work with adolescents, adults and couples and i am based in Moate, Co. Westmeath. Appointments are available weekdays and evenings. The various issues which arise in my work may include: 




Relationship difficulties

Self Harm

Suicidal Ideation


Stress Management

Low self esteem and confidence



Beraevment, loss and grief 

and many other issues

I work with various therapeutic approaches such as Person Centred, Choice Theory/Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused, Applied Suicide Interventions, Existential Therapy, Logotherapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Threrapy. 

Contact Melissa in Confidence on 0857193691 for an appointment or for any information.


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