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!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Grief, Parenting issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Blended Family Issues, Communication Problems, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Multicultural Concerns, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
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Melanie is extremely reliable, efficient, and incredibly understanding!
Written on Nov 16, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Melanie is patient and understanding. She helps guide me in a way to understand the way I feel about my behavior, as well as those around me.
Written on Oct 13, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
My therapist allows me to work through my issues in a safe way. I’m very grateful
Written on Sep 21, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders
Melanie is so helpful and patient with me, I couldn’t have asked for a better therapist
Written on Aug 02, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, adhd, and anger management
She is an awesome soul and I really appreciate her for helping me in my time of need
Written on Jun 22, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief
She is one of a kind.
Written on Mar 19, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 5 months 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