Hi, I’m Melaney, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kansas City, MO. I have over 15 years of experience working with adults, children and families on a kaleidoscope of issues and challenges. I am a mother of two in a neurodivergent family and the challenges related to this have always been an interest of mine. I am also passionate about working with clients healing from trauma, managing anxiety and depression, navigating a rigid world from a neurodivergent perspective, mending relationships, making big life changes, experiencing stuck-ness and confusion during challenging stages of development, and people struggling to move forward as we navigate through our collective pandemic experience.
My work with clients is rooted in finding self-compassion, motivation, and healing both through clinical methods and through everyday life experiences. I value collaboration and trust, and believe it is my responsibility to be transparent, versatile, and attuned. I utilize techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems and Behavioral Activation techniques. My understanding of the human experience is greatly informed by Family Systems Theory, Trauma-informed Care, theories of human development, and intersectional theories of liberation. Humor, realism, and starting from where you are are at are things I have learned over the years to be indispensable to the therapeutic process.
Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about me, and I hope to have the chance to learn about you, too!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
KS LSCSW 06091
MO LCSW 2017004503
Melaney Courtice is the therapist that is the best fit for me. We immediately clicked and she has been helping me through the motions of what therapy is like as this is my first experience. She is real, down to earth and nothing feels forced or uncomfortable. I can not recommend Melaney more as a therapist.
Written on May 15, 2023 after therapy with Melaney for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
I have not had many sessions with Melaney, but the few that we have had have been very helpful. I find myself better equipped to deal with my issues and simply having an outlet to share my feelings. I like that I am also being challenged on my thought patterns in a healthy, helpful and supportive way. Melaney is always courteous and on time. It is very easy to book sessions with her and we make productive use of our sessions.
Written on Nov 17, 2022 after therapy with Melaney for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue
Melaney has been extremely helpful in my journey to recovery.
She understands my needs, and offers many alternative techniques to try and help. She's a great listener and very supportive. I highly recommend her services.
Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Melaney for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd
I loved working with Melaney, she challenged me and supported me. Thank you Melaney.
Written on Oct 04, 2022 after therapy with Melaney for 2 months on issues concerning coping with life changes
Melaney is really supportive and listens to me intently. She understands trauma in the context of neurodiversity which is not so easy to find, in my experience. Her approach has help me make gradual changes to my daily life and I can already notice changes in my mood and coping strategies after only a month of therapy.
Written on Aug 09, 2022 after therapy with Melaney for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Melaney is a fantastic therapist. She listens and responds in a way that makes you feel heard and understood. She is easy to talk to, respectful and experienced. She creates a safe space for all. I would highly recommend her to anyone struggling with life's challenges.
Written on Aug 03, 2022 after therapy with Melaney for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes