Melissa is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Practitioner Psychologist.

Melissa is originally from Nassau, Bahamas. She studied in Canada before moving to the United Kingdom. Melissa was conferred an Honours BSc degree in Psychology and Biological Anthropology by the University of Toronto. Following this, she attended the University of York and completed her MSc in Developmental Disorders and Clinical Practice. This included both teaching and training in specific learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. For her MSc thesis, Melissa researched the use of joint, or shared attention, in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Melissa completed her Doctoral training at University College London (UCL) and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2019. During training she undertook placements in both adult and child mental health, and across contexts of acute to enduring mental health conditions, physical health and brain injury. Melissa’s Doctoral research was part of a large NiHR funded randomised control trial, implementing the Open Dialogue approach to mental health crisis care within NHS systems.

Melissa began her NHS work at the Royal Free Hospital in the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders team. She has experience working with young people for individual therapy as well as providing support for family members caring for a young person with an eating disorder. Melissa continues to work within the NHS in Paediatric Psychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital where she supports children with long term health conditions and their families.

Melissa’s therapeutic approach is integrative in nature. She practices CBT as well as third wave approaches, primarily compassion focussed therapy. Melissa has a strong systemic background and frequently uses narrative approaches in her work. She believes in the role of the family and system in introducing difference and promoting therapeutic change. Melissa continues to explore different methodologies in her continued professional development.

Melissa is particularly passionate about supporting individuals struggling with disordered eating and working with them to break down the impact of societal ideals and pressures. Fostering self-compassion is central to her way of working.

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