Approach to therapy

Melissa values warmth and empathy in her approach to therapy and strives to understand the individual difficulties and circumstances of each client. She recognises that each person comes to therapy with a unique story and life history that has shaped them. As a clinical psychologist, Melissa has undergone advanced training in a range of treatment interventions and tailors the approach she uses to meet the specific needs of individual clients. She is experienced in using short term approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy but also uses Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to treat more complex problems that may require longer treatment.

Benefits of therapy

  • Psychological treatments can help you to make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how they affect your life.
  • You don’t need to have a mental illness to benefit from seeing a psychologist – everyday difficulties such as relationship problems, stressful events, or a low sense of self-worth can be improved through therapy.
  • Talking with a professional who cares in a safe supportive space can be very healing in itself. While it is helpful to have the support of family and friends, there are times when you may need guidance from a therapist who has an objective perspective and can help you to make sense of what is happening in your life.
  • It is important that each person take an active role in the therapy process. This may mean developing new ways of thinking and behaving or just having a willingness to reflect on your inner experience.
  • Learning new ways to understand and manage thoughts and feelings can take time but will ultimately lead to the ability to cope with life difficulties more effectively in the future.
  • Finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with is essential for therapy to be effective. Choose a therapist that you feel you can talk to and who can listen without judgement and strive to help you feel understood.
  • Melissa believes that clients should work at their own pace, and feel supported to explore their difficulties and move towards healing, self-understanding, personal growth and change.