Education and Experience
Dr. Melody London holds a doctoral degree in clinical
psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto,
California and is a licensed psychologist. Her education and
experience has focused on both object relations theories and cognitive
behavioral techniques which she has woven together into a unique
combination of approaches which ensures that each person is best
understood by their developmental needs and their specific
difficulties or injuries and the skills that are needed to heal them.
Someone who is experiencing significant pain for the first time in
adulthood requires different skills than someone who has experienced
significant pain for the first time in childhood. Finding the first
significant painful event is as important and the initial reason for
coming to therapy so that healing begins in the right place.
Her training and experience includes working with various cultures
with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, dissociative
disorders, crisis intervention, suicide, substance abuse, and
psychological testing, including personality, ability, learning
disability and custody evaluation testing.
Her multi-cultural experience has been gained by working for years in
a Latino based agency and years in an Asian based agency. In the
Latino agency she worked with persons from Mexico, El Salvador, Peru,
Argentina and Cuba. In the Asian agency she worked with persons from
China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand,
India, and Fiji. She continues to have a special interest in working
with persons of other cultures.
Comprehensive training and experience in working with dissociative
disorders was obtained in trainings from Catherine Fine, Ph.D.,
Richard Kluft, M.D., Ph.D. and Colin Ross, M.D. She has been working
with dissociative disorders since 1992 and has worked with persons
with cult and mind control histories and well as those with familial
and other abuse.
Dr. London has extensive experience in crisis intervention which
includes managing a 24-hour mobile crisis service for out-of-control
and at-risk youth struggling with truancy, gangs and suicide. She
worked closely with the San Jose Police to reunite these youth with
their families and to keep these youth from getting more deeply into
Substance abuse is another area of considerable experience. She has
managed both a substance abuse program for adolescents and a dual
diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse) program for adults.
Court ordered and volunteer patients were served with a combination of
individual and group treatment that included education about drugs and
alcohol and learning new skills and 12-step programs.
She has also had special training in children and adolescent
neuropsychological testing, which allows for comprehensive testing for
Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism and
Society for the Study of Dissociation
Santa Clara County