Dr Melanie Maynard

Therapeutic Approach

I believe that everyone varies greatly in their backgrounds, their make-up, their desires, needs and strengths and therefore she sees the importance of getting to know each client individually before collaboratively deciding the best way forward. I am primarily trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (see below for a description of each) and therefore draws on each or both of these, along with Motivational Interviewing, Compassion-Based Theory, Interpersonal Theory, Systemic therapy and mindfulness techniques, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

Often clients do not know what type of therapy they want or need before they embark on the process. In addition their desires, needs and availability may change throughout therapy. I will spend time with you to explore what brought you to therapy and what you hope to get from it, and together you will decide on the most effective way forward. I benefit from being able to offer shorter-term more solution-focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy to clients wanting strategies and techniques to manage their mood, and longer-term more in-depth Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to clients wanting a better understanding of their unconscious processes through exploration of their earlier experiences and relationships. In addition she can skillfully integrate these models to best address the client’s issues and goals.

Below is a more in-depth explanation of my two main approaches:

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that how we think about a situation, impacts the way we respond to it.  It is believed that unhelpful thoughts also impact one’s mood and physiology, and vice versa, creating a negative cycle.  I work with clients to help them identify and challenge their unhelpful thoughts and assumptions, use mindfulness techniques, and/or shift/alter their behaviours to help break the negative cycle and improve their emotional well-being.  It has been found to be a particularly helpful therapeutic model to help tackle depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress, chronic fatigue, eating disorders, pain and anger management and problem/pathological gambling.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on the unconscious processes deemed to be the root of a client’s emotional distress.  It aims to enhance the client’s self-awareness through exploration of their past and helps them to develop an understanding of the influence past relationships and events have on their present response to events.

Therapy Format

Individual Therapy

I would suggest 50 minute sessions. The initial phase of the therapy would involve me exploring what’s brought you to therapy, the development of your difficulties and your background and a discussion of what you want from therapy and how best to achieve those goals together, or an onward referral if necessary.

Couple Therapy

I would suggest 80 minute sessions. I would suggest meeting together with the couple first, then meeting each of the couple separately, and then meeting back together with the couple to decide the best way forward. In these sessions I will explore what brought you to therapy, the background to yourselves and your relationship and your goals for therapy and how best to achieve these.