Melissa Dunlop MSc, MA, HIP Dip, UKCP Reg.d

Melissa Dunlop MSc, MA, HIP Dip, UKCP Reg.d



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About me

I am a qualified Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapist with a background in developmental psychology and psychoanalytic theory. I am also a researcher interested in the contribution psychotherapy can make to addressing contemporary social challenges. My influences are both scientific and literary.

How I work

I work with clients with a broad range of concerns and reasons for wishing to engage in psychotherapy. My clients hold in common a desire to make real and lasting changes to how they approach and feel about their lives. Psychotherapy can feel daunting, but it is a gentle and often subtle process that moves at your own pace. I use a variety of theoretical approaches, adapting as necessary to best suit your needs. This includes an interest in how past events may be influencing your responses to present situations.

I view therapy as a creative partnership: the relationship between us is the medium through which learning and development takes place.  As our mutual trust and understanding grows, we may feel able to explore more difficult to talk about aspects of your life. I offer sensitive, accepting, inquisitive and playful company, aiming to help you to find the words, to strengthen your sense of self, and empowering you to develop in a personally meaningful way, so that healing, growth and long term change become possible.

In our initial meeting (50 minutes) I would expect to talk about you and why you are seeking therapy at this time. I will provide more information about how I work and together we can decide if we feel able to work together.

I work from comfortable private therapy rooms in Cotham and Greenbank, Bristol. In certain circumstances I will consider working over Skype.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Hons. Experimental Psychology (University College London)

MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology (Anna Freud Centre and University College London)

MA Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Middlesex University)

Doctoral Researcher (University of Edinburgh) engaged in research relating to therapeutic practice

UKCP Registered Practitioner working in private practice since 2010.

Previously, I practiced as a psychotherapist within the Community Mental Health Services team at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work holistically with the person not the problem, so I am open to any concerns you bring


My standard fee is £60 per session (initial consultation £30) with some flexibility around the fee for those less able to pay my full rate.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS6
Bristol, BS5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


Monday - Friday 8.30 - 16.30

Types of client

Older adults