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About me

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 work mainly in Woodbury, Devon, but I work in Weybridge, Surrey once a month and can do Skype in between, 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. I 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 and phobias.

I can offer flexible weekday daytime appointment times. I am happy to work with people over Skype 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
  • Phobias
  • 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 have completed an array of continuing professional development courses including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, compassion-focused therapy, schema therapy, motivational interviewing and grief counselling, which I integrate into my work.

I am registered with:

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


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

Further information

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 Skype therapy, and return to Weybridge, Surrey on a monthly basis to see clients.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Available weekday daytimes in Woodbury, and monthly (Wednesday and Thursday) in Weybridge, Surrey.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


As a clinical supervisor I am able to offer a space to discuss and explore client cases, add an additional perspective, act as support and advisor to you and to ensure your well-being as a therapist/practitioner. I recognise the importance of clinical supervision for all mental health practitioners and am experienced in providing clinical supervision to trainee psychologists, psychologists and counsellors.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dr Melanie Maynard (DPsych) - Counselling Psychologist CBT & Psychodynamic

Dr Melanie Maynard (DPsych) - Counselling Psychologist CBT & Psychodynamic