I am a counselor with 7 years of experience working with a range of clients. Having received a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, my focus has been on helping to heal relationships while also working with individuals learn to cope with stressors that spring from family of origin issues. It has been a honor to walk with those struggling with past traumatic experiences as well and this has been where the majority of my experience lies. I have worked in different environments including residential treatment centers, in-home counseling, and also church-based and hospital settings.
My approach to counseling is to help the person or family I am working with identify where they would like to be by first listening and then working collaboratively with the person or system to achieve the desired outcome. I am trained in Prepare-Enrich and have worked with couples to strengthen their marriages. With individuals, I have worked mainly using techniques from CBT and Trauma-Focused CBT when indicated. Having been trained in family therapy, I use Family Systems Therapy approaches to help families learn about how they currently operate and to help them make changes to improve their dynamics in how each person relates to other members.
The first step to getting to where you would like to be is taking the time to reach out for help. I would be honored to walk alongside you and provide the support you need to make your tomorrow better than today!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
- Anger management
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Communication Problems , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Intellectual Disability , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Postpartum Depression , Post-traumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
GA LPC LPC010131
GA LMFT MFT001622
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Melanie is one of the most pleasant, empathetic, and professional therapists out there. I've never felt so at ease talking to someone about truly difficult topics. I never feel uncomfortably pushed by her, yet I know with every session that I'm making tremendous progress. I couldn't be more grateful to have her as a resource in my life. She means everything to my healing process.
Melanie had such a kind and warm presence. She really listens and takes in what I’m saying and feeling! She gives me hope and confidence that the practice and exercises in our therapy session will help me get to a better place in life. Everyone needs someone like Melanie to support mentally and encourage spiritually.
Melanie takes the time to offer relevant insight. She really puts on effort into her sessions. And that's only 2 sessions in.
I really appreciate the understanding and expertise that Melanie provides. She's a great coach and listener. I highly recommend her!
Couldn’t ask for a better therapist on such an important journey in my life. She’s been extremely compassionate; listens extremely well; understanding; engaged; guidance and analysis has been impeccably spot-on. There’s no judgment, just compassion and support. Couldn’t ask for a better therapist.
Melanie energy and listening skills are great. And she look for solutions to problems
Melanie has been great so far in understanding what areas I need help in and creating tasks for me to work on them each week!
I love her!
She does a great job!
Melanie has become vital to me recovering! She is empathetic, sympathetic, and truly a blessing to my life!
Melanie is excellent!! She understands where I'm coming from and always has creative solutions and feedback. She is non-judgmental but also very spiritual and incorporates faith into our sessions which is important to me. I have never finished a session with her and felt like I didn't walk away with a new strategy or next step. Very helpful!!
Melanie is amazing in every way I am so grateful!
Melanie is absolutely fabulous! I always leave my sessions feeling seen and heard.
Melanie is a true professional, I've been feeling much better since applying some of the techniques and methods she's given me to manage my anxiety.
Melanie is wonderful. She has helped me so much with all her knowledge
Melanie is the best therapist I have ever worked with!
Melanie is an outstanding therapist. Not only does she listen with empathy, she offers resources to help her clients work through their personal goals and areas of need. She is simply amazing and I highly recommend to anyone looking for personal growth and healing.
Melanie is truly a godsend; incredibly helpful and perspective. Coming from a person who rarely reaches out for help and definitely felt I could take on the world on my own it was a breath of fresh air to have had the pleasure of seeing & chatting with Melanie as my therapist. Not only did she understand where I was coming from she aided and guided me through getting to the root of my issues and trauma and then helped me towards the path of overcoming and healing those traumas. I can’t say enough good things about her. Thank you Melanie - for making me feel validated and like I don’t have to take on everything alone to name just a couple ways you have helped me!
Melanie is extremely helpful and knowledgeable with an arsenal of tools to get you on the right path!
Melanie is amazing. Her wisdom and compassion have worked magic in my life and allowed me to reset when I feel lost or out of control. The resources she has shared with me have given me the tools to help myself, which may be the greatest gift there is.
Melanie has been open, courteous, and unbelievably perceptive. A common problem I have had in therapy is running into walls set up by the counselors themselves, whether it comes down to personal beliefs or assumptions. I end up editing my thoughts and feelings so that they will not lead to disputes or confusion, and therapy then becomes useless. Melanie does not do this. She is open and adaptable, and clearly wants to start from a foundation with the person she is helping, rather than one that she herself is comfortable with. Therapy with her has been a transformative experience for me, though not in the sense that everything has been wonderful. I have had ups and downs, but I feel better equipped to deal with them now. I cannot recommend her enough.
Helpful, professional, dedicated, and supportive.
Melanie has helped me learn the skills to deal with anxieties and fears that I have. I feel supported in the areas where I need help and our sessions are safe spaces for me to say what is on my mind. My life has all around improved with Melanie’s help!