Melanie Harrison


About me

Georgian by birth, Minnesotan by choice. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 15 year’s experience. I love working with people who have been underestimated and misunderstood. People who’ve experienced this usually don’t fit neatly inside the box of Western cultural ‘norms’. It can feel like you’re straddling several worlds at once, belonging in none of them.

I am a cisgender, bisexual, white woman. I am a real, flawed human being who has learned from my experience growing up with parental substance abuse, divorce, and the loss of a parent as a young adult. The struggles I’ve had to face in life have made me the wise woman I am today.

I am a person-centered therapist providing Trauma Informed Care. I welcome and accept you as you are in this moment. I have an eclectic approach to therapy that draws on CBT, DBT, mindfulness practices and feminist theory. The foundation of our therapeutic relationship is built on unconditional positive regard, compassion, and empathy. I am an active participant in my work with you. I will ask questions, offer suggestions, teach skills, and provide a safe space for you to be vulnerable.

I’m about as real as real gets. I’m direct, compassionate, have a quick wit and a sense of humor that ranges from sarcastic to downright goofy. I am serious about my work, and don’t take myself too seriously. I am a flawed human being doing my best every day and wanting to be even better. I am a deeply curious person (ask me how many Wikipedia tabs I have open). In my free time I enjoy reading, writing and playing Animal Crossing.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Co-morbidity , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 14

Services offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


MN LICSW 17774


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melanie Harrison. 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 May 17, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

The best at de-stressing the situation! I loved Melanie! She knows exactly what to target and has all the right things to say. The best listener ever and will always be. Hope to get her again some day!

Written on May 10, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I wholeheartedly recommend Melanie! I have worked with many therapists over the years, and Melanie really stands out. She is very caring, personable, and supportive. She is also extremely knowledgeable and is able to quickly draw upon her knowledge to provide a helpful and validating explanation for what the client might be experiencing. In the past, I have worked with therapists who were good listeners, but who didn't share much advice or guidance even when I requested that. I really appreciate that Melanie is able to use her knowledge and experience to share possible explanations for why an issue is occurring, as well as guidance for how to move forward. Melanie goes above and beyond in sending helpful articles, worksheets, and messages that have supported me in thinking through challenges. Additionally, Melanie is validating and strengths focused. She has helped me build confidence and trust myself more. I am very grateful for all of Melanie's support.

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