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Dr Melanie Spragg

Senior Lecturer


Senior Lecturer and Chartered Counselling Psychologist

    I am a senior lecturer working with all trainees across the years on the doctoral programme in counselling psychology. I am a chartered counselling psychologist with a special interest in working with people experiencing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety (SA). My research interests developed when working as a clinician in the NHS where I developed group programmes and carried out specialist psychological assessment, group supervision  for other clinicians working with this client group and the provision of group cognitive behaviour therapy (GCBT) for OCD. In the private sector I have facilitated various CBT groups and work with a range of clients individually, integrating ideas from brief solution therapy, compassion focused therapy and personal construct therapy. I draw extensively from my clinical experience when teaching here at UEL, as you will see when you participate in my experiential workshops relating to my special areas of interest in years 1, 2 and 3. 

    Here at UEL I am the first-year course tutor, CBT module leader and Admissions tutor. I am extensively involved in the development and delivery of the clinical skills and cognitive behavioural therapy modules. These modules have been highly developed and are experiential in nature in order that you learn the skills you need through observed practice and feedback. Every year, feedback from trainees — to which we are highly responsive — has highlighted the value of our clinical consultation groups. In small groups you will learn to present cases and use supervision appropriately. Often these small groups have been described as a turning point for trainees in terms of putting theory into practice. My previous experience of running personal development groups has also been utilised into the programme in direct response to trainee feedback. During your training experience I will also meet you in the role of your personal tutor and research supervisor.


    London Metropolitan University


    I am interested in process and outcome research concerning client’s experience of therapy. I carried out a quantitative study looking into the benefits of Time Limited Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and my current interests concern the development of qualitative process research for this client group.


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    Life just kind of sparkles: Clients' experiences of being in a cognitive behavioural group and its impact on reducing shame in obsessive compulsive disorder

    Spragg, M & Cahill, S.. 2015. British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. 1-17.


    Developing cognitive behavioural group work for clients with obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety
    Teaching, supervising and developing course material in response to trainee feedback on the cognitive behavioural therapy modules in years one and two


    PYM301: Clinical Skills
    PYM302: Theoretical Models 1
    PYM303: Clinical Skills
    PYM305: Professional, Clinical and Ehical Issues
    Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
    I am involved in the recruitment of trainees onto the programme.