Dr Melanie Smart - Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin.Psy, PGcR, BScHons)
As a registered Clinical Psychologist specialising in Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, I offer high quality, evidence based assessment and intervention to children aged 0-18 and their families. I am based in Chichester, West Sussex and will see people in West Sussex and from the surrounding areas of Hampshire and Surrey and those willing to travel from further afield. I provide flexible independent clinics to children, young people and their families. The aim is to provide detailed assessment and tailored therapeutic interventions for a range of emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. No two children, individuals or parents are the same, and as such, the advice and support I offer is tailored to meet a family's unique needs, as and when they arise.
My approach is based on your personal needs and mutually identified goals and I take a collaborative approach to our work together. Home and school visits can be provided by arrangement and I can offer consultation to other professionals and networks working with your child upon request.
I can also work with wider family members if this is identified as helpful to your child. I advocate early intervention and prevention so if you are worried about a child or young person, please do not hesitate to request an assessment. No issue is too small.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualified and Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist - Dr Melanie Smart BScHons, PGcR, D.Clin.Psy
- Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Assessment and Intervention
- 15 years working in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Child Learning Disability Services
- Trained at the Universities of Leicester, Birmingham and De Montfort
- Member of the Health & Care Professions Council - HCPC Number PYL18482.
I offer the following specific approaches and work integratively where appropriate:
- Trauma Focused CBT
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Systemic Therapy
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Brief solution Focused Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
- Attachment Therapies
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Parenting support, behaviour management, autistic spectrum disorders/autism, post adoption/fostering issues, parent-child bonding, adjustment to parenting or child illness/disability, sleeping, feeding and toileting issues in children, separation anxiety
£130 for an initial assessment appointment
£100 per session for an intervention appointment
£100 per hour for other contact – school meetings, observations, consultations etc.
£100 per hour for Clinical Supervision
Diagnostic and Neuropsychological assessment available - POA