About me

My therapeutic approach is integrative, developed through my training in psychotherapy and counselling psychology. I make use of a broad range of therapeutic models such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Using evidence-based treatments informed by psychological principles and clinical experience, I work to collaboratively formulate and develop a treatment plan that fits with the client’s unique set of needs. ​

​My approach is grounded in a humanistic value base, which embraces difference and diversity, allowing for the unique experience of the client to be central to the therapeutic endeavour that seeks to support a fulfilling life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Often, individual difficulties are accompanied by the challenges of daily life, which make each person’s experience different and their therapeutic needs unique. Through short or long term therapy, I aim to support meaningful change in areas you would like to work on, with an understanding of the wider picture of how these issues may feature in daily life.

I have been working within mental health for over a decade and have experience in higher education, NHS, and the voluntary sector settings. My NHS work has involved forensic and learning disability settings as well as palliative care, working with frontline staff and within direct patient care. Aside from my private practice, I currently work for Oxford University Counselling Service.

Please see www.melissabarkan.com for further information on my training and qualifications.

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.


British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society


I try to offer appointments that match client availability and would be happy to discuss further.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

​I am a BPS chartered and HCPC registered psychologist, able to offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists.

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Dr Melissa Barkan

Dr Melissa Barkan