Dr Melanie Maynard
Welcome to my profile. I am a friendly and approachable Counselling Psychology with extensive experience working in the NHS and private practice, helping clients struggling with a wide range of difficulties, from depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, relationship difficulties amongst many others. I am based in Woodbury, Devon, but I also work remotely, on Zoom, if deemed appropriate.
What can I offer?
I feel very passionate about the importance of treating each client individually, developing a good understanding of you before collaboratively working with you to help you feel better and/or achieve your goals. I benefit from being able to offer four main types of therapy that I can integrate flexibly according to your needs, and at any point in your therapeutic journey. I am experienced at delivering Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help clients to develop coping strategies and techniques to manage their anxiety/depression/addiction, but also at offering longer-term more in-depth Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to clients wanting a better understanding and deeper resolution to their unconscious processes through exploration of their earlier experiences and relationships. However, primarily I tend to work very relationally, drawing on Cognitive-Analytical theories to help clients understand their past and present patterns of relating and how this impacts their life and mood. I am also a fully-trained EMDR practitioner, which is an evidence-based treatment particularly helpful for trauma (recent or historic) and phobias.
I can offer flexible weekday daytime appointment times (currently Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am to 3pm). I am happy to work with people over Zoom if we both deem it to be appropriate and the best option for the client given their circumstances.
Please see my website www.drmelaniemaynard.com for more details.
What can I help with?
I have been offering these therapies to clients for over a decade, integrating them where needed, to help adults and couples struggling with a range of difficulties including (but not limited to):
- Low mood/depression
- Worry/anxiety/panic attacks/phobias/health anxiety
- Recent or past trauma/PTSD/abuse (Specialism)
- Work-related or other stress
- Relationship/marital problems
- Divorce adjustment (Specialism)
- Addiction (Specialism in treating Problem Gambling)
- Baby blues/post-natal depression
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Bereavement and loss
- Low self-esteem
- Interpersonal, attachment and adjustment difficulties
Training, qualifications & experience
Following the completion of my BSc in Psychology at York University, UK, I undertook a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of East London, UK, whilst working in a range of NHS settings offering short- and long-term therapy. I completed a doctoral thesis on 'The Effectiveness of Cognitive Coping Strategies in Adjusting to Divorce'.
I have recently relocated permanently to Woodbury, near Exeter, Devon, having moved from Surrey where I ran a busy and successful private practice for four years. Before that I worked and lived in Hong Kong, running an expat private practice for four years. Prior to that I worked for the NHS in a variety of Primary and Secondary Care Services (including Central London Community Healthcare and Dorking Healthcare), conducting psychological assessments and providing CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy to clients struggling with a large spectrum of difficulties, of varying severity. These included anxiety disorders (including OCD, post traumatic stress, health anxiety, phobias and panic attacks), depressive disorders (including post-natal depression and bipolar), relationship and attachment difficulties, addictions, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence and bereavement. I have also worked as a Specialist Psychologist at the only NHS Problem Gambling Clinic where I helped to deliver and revise the CBT program to treat problem and pathological gambling to individuals and groups at the clinic.
I am an accredited Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing practitioner (EMDR), which is an evidence-based therapy used widely for treating trauma or many trauma-based conditions. I have completed an array of continuing professional development courses including trauma therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, compassion-focused therapy, schema therapy, motivational interviewing and grief counselling, which I integrate into my work.
I am registered with:
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
I believe that the relationship between the client and therapist is the most important aspect of therapy. Therefore I am able to offer a free brief telephone consultation for us to discuss how I may be able to help you and for you to decide whether you would like to proceed further. My fees are as follows:
- Individual Psychological Therapy to adults (aged 16 and above)
- 50 minute session for self-payers £90
- 50 minute session for insurance referrals £110
- Couple Therapy
- 80 minute session for self-payers £135
- 80 minute session for insurance referrals £165
- I offer two lower fee paying slots for clients with special circumstances
Available weekday daytimes in Woodbury, and monthly (Wednesday and Thursday) in Weybridge, Surrey.
I also offer clinical supervision to Psychologists, trainee Psychologists, counsellors and other health professionals.
I am based in a calm and cosy therapy room in Woodbury, Devon, close to Exeter and not far from the trainline between Exeter and Exmouth. There is free, easy parking. I am also able to offer remote therapy on Zoom.