Hi! Let me take a few minutes to share a little bit about myself and my education, professional background, and experiences. I have Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology and decided to pursue a Master's of Social Work in graduate school. Once I graduated with my Masters, I started work for an adoption agency, where I worked specifically researching, developing treatment modalities, and eventually treating families and children dealing with adoption and attachment issues. This was awesome experience, and I learned skills that I have used throughout my career. I worked in the adoption and attachment field for 3 years, where I received clinical supervision and became licensed!
Many of my clients in that practice had dealt with trauma and loss in their lives. This prepared me for my next clinical setting, where I worked with adolescent boys and girls, living outside of their family of origin (for a variety of reasons). Doing this work, I honed my listening skills and was able to offer consistent support to my clients and even their families at times. Support was a new gift for many of my clients and even the most difficult adolescents typically didn't argue about going to therapy with Ms. Melanie!
After approximately 8 years of seeing adolescents and then training and supervising other therapists in that setting, I moved to the totally new setting of health care! I started working in a hospital doing discharge planning services. I left supervision, management, and training behind to just work with families in times of great stress and fear. Hospitals can be scary places if you don't work in one! Believe me, in the first few months, I looked up more vocabulary words on Google than I have in the past 20 years combined!
Thankfully, I found that I loved working in health care. Helping patients and their families navigate through the confusing language and stress in a hospital brought great reward for me as a professional. I started in healthcare in 2013 and have moved to a position where I no longer have direct contact with patients, which was the reason I started in the first place. Now, thanks to BetterHelp, I am looking forward to offering my skills and support to clients through this virtual platform!
My areas of expertise: adoption, attachment issues, isolation, adolescents, life changes, stages, grief, loss.
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Body Image , Cancer , Communication Problems , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LCSW #0904006075 (Expires: 2021-06-30)
Melanie has been amazing. Very responsive and relatable and able to guide me through the various topics that I want to cover. It’s been a real blessing to be able to work with her and this amazing platform.
Melanie demonstrated such genuine empathy during our sessions. I feel understood, connected, and safe talking about the most vulnerable parts of myself. Her advice is always exactly what I need to hear, even if it’s a hard truth. I appreciate our sessions and how she brings new perspective and clarity to my situations.
She is awesome!