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Melanie Bannish, LCSW

Anger management Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue
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About me

Hello. If you are looking at therapist profiles it is likely that you are coping with something significant in your life. It is important to find a counselor you think would be a good fit for you and able to understand and help.
I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri with 20 years of experience. And, I have a broad range of professional interests, experience and professional expertise. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend several years in South America working with children who have medical needs. And I became involved with indigenous peoples struggles and women’s issues while there. After returning to the US, I coordinated a bilingual domestic violence program for Spanish speaking women in collaboration with the Catholic church . Among other people I have worked with are: court-referred clients, EAP professionals and people with disabilities.
I also have a strong interest in spirituality and it’s role in health and healing. I was fortunate to be able to participate as a therapist in a study measuring the benefits of religious beliefs in the treatment of trauma survivors. I was also invited to visit a Buddhist ashram in New England where I was able to learn more about meditation, nutrition and other practices. I believe that spirituality can be an integral part of a person’s healing and development and I take a holistic approach in my work.
My counseling style is friendly and compassionate. I can talk with you using a combination of text, phone and video depending upon what we decide. I feel honored to be a part of your journey.

Professional experience

24yrs in practice
Anger management Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Communication problems, Control issues, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hearing Impaired, Hoarding, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Visually Impaired, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

MO LCSW 002633

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melanie Bannish. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Melanie is an incredible therapist! She is very kind, caring, and helpful. I appreciate her collaborative approach and her homework assignments are very helpful! She uses goals effectively to monitor progress and I feel comfortable talking to her.

Written on Jun 05, 2024 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

She’s astute. Her patience and honesty have transformed my life.

Written on May 28, 2024 after therapy with Melanie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Wonderful therapist!

Written on Apr 07, 2024 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I truly appreciate Melanie and enjoy talking with her. Her sweet demeanor and sense of humor are charming, but also help me to feel very comfortable with sharing my thoughts..

Written on Mar 01, 2024 after therapy with Melanie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, and grief

We are still in the early stages of therapy but I think that Melanie is a great fit.

Written on Dec 21, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Melanie is extremely understanding and insightful. I’d recommend her to anyone who reached out through BetterHelp.

Written on Oct 20, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd