I bring a broad range of personal and professional experience to my work, but above all, a deeply held appreciation of humanity in all its rich diversity. I offer a high degree of empathy for the struggles people experience in overcoming traumas, and developing meaningful and fulfilling lives in what is often a confusing and imperfect world.
My qualifications include:
BSc Hons Experimental Psychology (University College London)
MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology (Anna Freud Centre and University College London)
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
MA Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Middlesex University)
Doctoral researcher (University of Edinburgh)
UKCP Registered Practitioner working in private practice since 2010
Before working privately, I practiced as a psychotherapist within the Community Mental Health Services team at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
Prior to that, in between and alongside periods of study I have worked in commercial, educational, charitable and organisations. I like to spend my personal time in creative company.
I am a doctoral researcher at University of Edinburgh where I am exploring our psychological relationship with contemporary cultural challenges, as expressed in the medium of fiction. My research is supported by a scholarship from University of Edinburgh.
For research-related queries please contact me at: Melissa.Dunlop@ed.ac.uk