Melody Coutts MA (group psych) MA (couple psych) TIMP BPC BPF is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council by affiliation with the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology.
She currently works in private practice with individuals and couples and works as a supervisor and academic tutor at WPF Therapy on the Dip/MA in psychodynamic psychotherapy training. She is a supervisor for Survivors UK, a charity which provides counselling for men who have been sexually abused, and the Rainbow Trust, a charity which provides support for families who have terminally ill children. She is a training therapist for City University clinical doctorate programme and was a visiting lecturer for Roehampton clinical doctorate programme.
She was initially trained at WPF Therapy where she obtained an MA in group analytic psychotherapy. She went on to undertake the clinical doctorate programme in couples psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, where she qualified in 2008.
She completed her individual psychoanalytic training at the British Psychotherapy Foundation.
She was a director and board member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, sitting on the Ethics committee. She worked in the NHS both in primary and secondary care for 13 years, seeing groups, couples and individuals. Between 1994 and 1999 she helped develop a project to run support groups for cancer patients at the American Hospital of Paris which was the first of its kind in France. She also began a bereavement group for parents who have experienced the death of a child in conjunction with a charity called The Compassionate Friends.
Her current interests lie in the area of early relational trauma and the implications this has for the capacity to mentalize in psychotherapy.