Melissa Dunlop MSc, MA HIP Dip
I am a qualified Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapist with a background in developmental psychology and psychoanalytic theory. I am also a researcher interested in the contribution psychotherapy can make to addressing contemporary social challenges. My influences are both scientific and literary.
How I work
I work with clients with a broad range of concerns and reasons for wishing to engage in psychotherapy. My clients hold in common a desire to make real and lasting changes to how they approach and feel about their lives. Psychotherapy can feel daunting, but it is a gentle and often subtle process that moves at your own pace. I use a variety of theoretical approaches, adapting as necessary to best suit your needs. This includes an interest in how past events may be influencing your responses to present situations.
I view therapy as a creative partnership: the relationship between us is the medium through which learning and development takes place. As our mutual trust and understanding grows, we may feel able to explore more difficult to talk about aspects of your life. I offer sensitive, accepting, inquisitive and playful company, aiming to help you to find the words, to strengthen your sense of self, and empowering you to develop in a personally meaningful way, so that healing, growth and long term change become possible.
In our initial meeting (50 minutes) I would expect to talk about you and why you are seeking therapy at this time. I will provide more information about how I work and together we can decide if we feel able to work together.
I work from comfortable private therapy rooms in Cotham and Greenbank, Bristol. In certain circumstances I will consider working over Skype.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Hons. Experimental Psychology (University College London)
MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology (Anna Freud Centre and University College London)
MA Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Middlesex University)
Doctoral Researcher (University of Edinburgh) engaged in research relating to therapeutic practice
UKCP Registered Practitioner working in private practice since 2010.
Previously, I practiced as a psychotherapist within the Community Mental Health Services team at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. I currently sit on the Trust’s Research & Development Committee.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work holistically with the person not the problem, so I am open to any concerns you bring
£48 per session (initial consultation £25)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime availability Monday - Wednesday
Types of client