About me

I have been working in private practice for over a decade and am experienced in working with people from diverse backgrounds, with a wide variety of psychological and relational needs.

I draw on a range of theoretical perspectives to best help my clients and am active as a researcher focussed on innovating theory that is relevant to the needs of people in today's world.

My work is both trauma-informed and relationally-based, grounded in psychoanalytic, and humanistic traditions, and informed by developmental psychology, relevant aspects of neuroscience, and psycho-somatic awareness. 

This broad base of experience allows me to support clients with deep healing of chronic or acute traumas (recent or from the past), and personal growth where it is needed. It also allows me to offer a fuller exploration and understanding of how we are, or can be, in relationship with others more generally, empowering clients through a combination of increased self-awareness and more highly attuned communicative skills, to forge more satisfactory lives going forward.

I offer grounding, acceptance, warmth, humour, a playful imagination and open-mindedness, allowing you space to set the agenda and to use the therapeutic relationship to reflect upon and learn about your own psychological processes in ways that are meaningful to you. 

Training, qualifications & experience

PhD researcher (University of Edinburgh) writing a novel-thesis about  psychotherapy and contemporary fiction

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

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

BSc Hons Experimental Psychology (University College London)

Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)

UKCP Registered Practitioner working in private practice since 2010. Last reaccredited October 2020 

BCPC Affiliated Member Approved therapist for trainee counsellors and psychotherapists 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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From £80.00 to £95.00

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • Vitality


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Further information

Currently working online 

23 Clerkenwell Close


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Online platforms

Melissa Dunlop

Melissa Dunlop