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Ms Melanie Shepherd

Psychology

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Overview

Specialises in

  • Behavioural Activation (BA)
  • Behavioural Couples Therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family Therapy

About me

I work with adults – individuals, couples and families. I qualified first as a Clinical Psychologist in 1989 and later as a Systemic Psychotherapist. I was in the NHS for 30 years, leading services for adults and older adults (over 65s), and continue to offer supervision to NHS psychological therapy services. Over the decades as a therapist in a variety of adult psychological therapy services, I have worked with individuals experiencing a very wide range of difficulties.

Therapy is tailored to clients’ needs by offering a therapeutic approach which best suits the person and the issues for which they are seeking support. I have considerable experience of brief therapy from the NHS.

I started my specialist training as a Systemic Psychotherapist in 2000. I chose to specialise in this approach after using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy as a Clinical Psychologist for a long time. The emphasis of systemic therapy on relationships and people’s strengths is central to its appeal to me and its flexibility allows me to draw on my training and experience in a range of therapy models. I am interested in how difficulties are linked to our relationships, work, and wider social and cultural experience. In therapy I explicitly draw on people’s resilience and resources to enable them to make changes.

I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I am registered as a Systemic, Couple and Family Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. I am an experienced and trained clinical supervisor. I have published in academic journals throughout my career. I see clients in London Bridge.

Areas of interest

anxiety; depression; relationship problems; stress; health-related issues; chronic illness; abuse; trauma; bereavement; mental health issues of all kinds; brief therapy.

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Cardiac conditions
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Gynaecological disorders
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Oncology
  • Pain management
  • Physical disability
  • Rheumatological conditions
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Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)

Procedures completed

  • AA809

    Psychology session - (5-50)

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