Melanie Phelps Private Psychologist

I am a Registered and Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a Masters and Post Masters qualification in Counselling Psychology from City University, London and have a Doctoral Degree (PhD) from the US. I am additionally a qualified teacher, tutor & skills trainer. I originally started my career in the NHS as a medical nurse.

Health Care Professions Council (Practitioner Psychologist)
British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow) Register of Psychologists specialising in Psychotherapy
Clinical Supervisor (British Psychological Society Register of Approved Practitioner Psychologist Supervisors, The National Counselling Society & Hypnotherapy Society accredited supervisor). The Register of Qualified Psychometric test users. Personality & Aptitude, The National Autistic Society (NAS) Licensed for Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic assessments.

Current Posts:

Independent Private Practice, Camberley, Surrey
Part time Senior Tutor / Assessor (for the Open University Accredited, level 4 & 5 AIM Award National Standards Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling), trainer CPD workshop provider and ethical panel member for The National Counselling Society & The National Hypnotherapy Society.
Private Health Insurance provider (Aviva, AXA, Bupa, Cigna, Simply Health, 3D Rehab & WPA). Independent Psychological Expert Witness for Court (Personal Injury, Criminal & Family Law: defendant, claimant & joint instructions). Surrey University, Centre for Wellbeing: Clinical Supervisor for Staff and Student Counsellors. Reading University:Guest Lecturer & voluntary mentor for psychology students (Thrive project).

Previous Posts have included work in/for:

HMP Bisley (Male medium-secure prison) / Kingston Women’s Centre /The National Centre for Eating Disorders / Cruse Bereavement Care / The Centre for Psychology, (NHS / IAPT service provider) / 10 Harley Street / ARC Youth Counselling (including involvement in the anti bullying project for young people)

Media & Publications:

Children First: Experts Corner (Oct 2017), The Counselling Cafe (online magazine) What you need to know about working with Eating Disorders (April 2017), Saga Magazine (contributor to family relationships article: Dec 2016), The Huffington Post (online magazine) contributor to “Ghosting” article (Oct 2016), BBC Radio Oxford – breakfast show interview Clown Craze (10th Oct 2016)  / The Sun online article contributor The Clown Craze (8th October 2016) / Eagle Radio – podcast for Fit for Panto weight loss & breakfast show interview (Sept 2016) / Farnborough College of Technology Mental Health Awareness interview (Sept / Oct 2016) / National Animal Welfare Trust Magazine: Treating cat & dog phobias article (May 2015) / Family Law Journal Being an Expert Witness (2012) / BBC radio 1 (Nov 2012) The Surgery with Dr Mel: interview about Orthorexia the “new” Eating Disorder / BBC radio Scotland interview about Eating Disorders (Nov 2012) / Sky TV (2007) Real Lives Documentary: “Living with size Zero” / Guardian Weekend Magazine (Nov 2006) interview about Cat Phobias


Speaker at the Health & Wellbeing at Work Conference, Birmingham NEC, 7th March 2017, (Coaching & Counselling Interventions for Eating Disorders); Speaker at the 6th International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference London, June 2014 (“It’s in your mind and not on your plate”: Eating Distress) / Attendee at the Health & Wellbeing at Work (Institute of Stress Management) annually in March (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) / Attendee at the Boston, US annual International Hypnotherapy Conference (August 2015), Insomnia medical conference (London 2014)

Areas of interest:
Anxiety & Fear related conditions (general anxiety, fears and phobias, panic attacks, health anxiety, OCD), Relationship & Couples issues, eating & size issues (compulsive overeating, eating disorders,body dysmorphic disorder),  PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), traumatic grief, sexual abuse, psychological and emotional abuse, bullying, grooming & manipulation, Personality Disorders.

Taking an holistic approach, I use a variety of modern and traditional evidence based approaches tailored to suit each client and welcome people from a range of diverse backgrounds, culture and ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and gender.