Melanie Barefield

LPC, LMFT

About Me

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!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Anger management
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

GA LPC LPC010131

GA LMFT MFT001622


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melanie Barefield. 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.

Written on Nov 23, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coaching

Thank you!

Written on Nov 15, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

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.

Written on Oct 31, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Melanie takes the time to offer relevant insight. She really puts on effort into her sessions. And that's only 2 sessions in.

Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

I really appreciate the understanding and expertise that Melanie provides. She's a great coach and listener. I highly recommend her!

Written on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and bipolar disorder

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.

Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders

Melanie energy and listening skills are great. And she look for solutions to problems

Written on Sep 08, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and anger management

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!

Written on Sep 08, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and adhd

I love her!

Written on Sep 01, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and compassion fatigue

She does a great job!

Written on Aug 11, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, coaching, and adhd

Melanie has become vital to me recovering! She is empathetic, sympathetic, and truly a blessing to my life!

Written on Jun 29, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and coping with life changes

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!!

Written on May 10, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Melanie is amazing in every way I am so grateful!

Written on May 02, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Melanie is absolutely fabulous! I always leave my sessions feeling seen and heard.

Written on Apr 14, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She’s amazing

Written on Apr 03, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, adhd, and anger management

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.

Written on Feb 10, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Melanie is wonderful. She has helped me so much with all her knowledge

Written on Feb 06, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 3 weeks

Melanie is the best therapist I have ever worked with!

Written on Feb 04, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

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.

Written on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

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!

Written on Jan 17, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Melanie is extremely helpful and knowledgeable with an arsenal of tools to get you on the right path!

Written on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

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.

Written on Sep 01, 2021 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

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.

Written on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Helpful, professional, dedicated, and supportive.

Written on May 10, 2021 after therapy with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

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!

Work with me!