The London Clinic - Melody D. London, Ph.D. PSY 16200

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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 trouble.

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 Aspergerís Syndrome.

Professional Associations

Society for Personality Assessment

International Society for the Study of Dissociation

American Psychological Association

California Psychological Association

Santa Clara County Psychological Association