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Dr Melanie Smart - Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin.Psy, PGcR, BScHons)

Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1UH
07575 800828 07575 800828 Registered / Accredited

About me

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

Specialising in:

  • 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:

  • CBT
  • Trauma Focused CBT
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Brief solution Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Theraplay
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Attachment Therapies

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

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.

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

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£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

Chichester Child Psychology
St John's House
St John's Street
West Sussex
PO19 1UH

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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

Pushchair friendly but no baby change


Clinics are run weekly on Friday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm - last appointment at 5pm). Appointments are on the hour and last 50 minutes. Home and school visits may be arranged on request.

Types of client

Young people


Qualified and experienced supervisor.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Dr Melanie Smart - Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin.Psy, PGcR, BScHons)

Dr Melanie Smart - Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin.Psy, PGcR, BScHons)