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Melissa Dunlop, Psychotherapist in Bristol and Online ,

Melissa Dunlop

Dedicated, compassionate care through open-ended (short or long term) psychotherapy.

I'm a qualified Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapist with a background in developmental psychology and psychoanalytic theory. I'm also a researcher interested in the contribution psychotherapy can make to addressing contemporary social challenges. My influences are scientific, philosophical and literary.

How I work

I work with clients with a broad range of concerns and reasons for wishing to engage in psychotherapy. My clients hold in common a desire to make real and lasting changes to how they approach and feel about their lives. Psychotherapy can feel daunting, but it is a gentle and often subtle process that moves at your own pace. I use a variety of theoretical approaches, adapting as necessary to best suit your needs. This includes an interest in how past events may be influencing your responses to present situations.

I view therapy as a creative partnership: the relationship between us is the medium through which learning and development takes place.  As our mutual trust and understanding grows, we may feel able to explore more difficult to talk about, aspects of your life.  I offer sensitive, accepting and playful company, aiming to help you to find the words, to strengthen your sense of self, and empowering you to develop in a personally meaningful way, so that healing, growth and long term change become possible. 

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 able to work together.  

I work from comfortable private therapy rooms in Greenbank, Bristol, and online (online only at present).


  • psychotherapy


  • Psychotherapy: Fully Qualified

Sessions & Fees

Individual: £80 per session £40+


PhD researcher (University of Edinburgh)

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

Approved therapist for BCPC trainee Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Counselling Submissions Tutor.