07890 644009 info@melissadunlop.com
Locations

BRISTOL, UK

I work from private consulting rooms in Cotham (BS6) and Greenbank (BS5).

The Cotham consulting room is a ten-minute walk from Redland train station and on the 8/9 bus route. On Street parking (9am – 5pm) costs £1/hour.

The Greenbank consulting room is a ten-minute walk from Stapleton Road train station, is close to various bus routes and has unrestricted on street parking. A cat lives in the building, so it may be unsuitable for those with allergies.

Access: Both consulting rooms are up a flight of steps/stairs. If this presents a problem, let me know and I will try to accommodate you on the ground floor in Greenbank.

ONLINE 

Being physically present feels important to relationally-oriented therapeutic work, but as this is not always possible, from November 2018 I will be offering online sessions via Stillpoint, an internationally focussed network of psychological practitioners. Stillpoint provides a stable and secure platform through which I can work with clients who are based elsewhere in the UK, Europe and beyond, or who travel frequently and struggle to manage regular meetings in one place.  It also means I can offer ad hoc online sessions to my in person clients if needed.

Where possible, I still encourage occasional physical meetings, in Bristol, London or further afield as and when practical, to support online therapeutic relationships.

Fees

I operate a sliding fee scale (£80-40 with £55 as the default fee for Bristol residents) so there is room for some negotiation. If you are a high earner or otherwise able to pay with relative ease, I will expect you to pay more and this will go directly toward subsidising a place for someone less able to pay. I currently offer a limited number of reduced cost places for which there is usually a waiting list. If you would like to be considered for a low cost place, feel free to get in touch.

I charge for missed sessions, but if you give me notice (at least one week), I will try to offer you an alternate time in the same week, or a second session in the following week.

Initial consultation sessions are charged at £30 to cover room hire and administrative costs.

Sessions are payable by cash, bank transfer, or online platform during, or in advance of each session.

I am registered as a recognised practitioner with AVIVA private healthcare insurers. If you are considering paying for psychotherapy through your AVIVA health insurance please let me know in advance

Frequency & Duration

I usually expect to see clients weekly, at the same time each week. The work is open-ended, meaning it continues for as long as you want or need it. This may be just a few sessions to help you with a specific challenge, or it may be something you stay with over a longer period.

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 happy to work together.

Medical Diagnostics & Interventions
As a psychotherapist, I work with people, not conditions. I am not medically qualified and I do not prescribe medication or medically diagnose my clients. However, I do work with clients who have received psychiatric diagnoses and/or use medication and psychotherapy is compatible with most medical treatment.
Psychometric Testing & Structured Treatment Modalities

I do not use tests or questionnaires in my practice either as prompts for dialogue or to track progress. In my view, such testing runs contrary to the spirit and essential purpose of psychotherapy, which is to support and enable personally meaningful development by allowing autonomous self-reflection and self-evaluation to take place, without reliance on external measures of what is normal, healthy or desirable.

Similarly, I generally avoid the use of structured treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness-based approaches or Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy. I aim to support clients in a more self-directed process of unearthing latent knowledge and crucially, taking control by making changes of your own choosing, in your own way, and at your own pace. I am happy to share principles and techniques coming from these approaches, as and when they may apply, and to work with ideas clients find in other contexts and which they would like to explore in therapy. The exception to this is the use of a technique known as Motivational Interviewing, which aims to work with clients’ own ambition to change and thus makes a better fit with my overall treatment ethos.

Drugs & Alcohol
Many people ‘self-medicate’ using drugs or alcohol. I encourage honest and open discussion of drug and alcohol use so that the role substances play in clients’ lives can be explored and understood. I do not condone or condemn use, but where it is heavy and persistent, open-ended psychotherapy may not be effective unless and until addiction is brought under control.

Confidentiality and Ethics

All sessions are confidential. I will only break confidentiality if I believe there is a specific and imminent danger to you or someone else, or if required by court order. Even in these circumstances I will discuss it with you first.

I am registered as a qualified Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and I abide by their Code of Ethics