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I am a licensed clinical social worker (LISW-CP, or Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice, in the state of South Carolina) and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. I have over twenty years of experience working extensively in outpatient mental health settings providing services to children, adolescents, families, and adults who are experiencing a wide range of mental health issues from adjustment disorders to serious and persistent mental illness. I also have significant experience and expertise in the areas of intimacy problems and sexual disorders; it is my belief that every adult has a right to a fulfilling and healthy sex life, and as such, it is a crucial component of our identities that may be discounted or overlooked in assessments of our emotional and physical well-being. I have worked successfully with individuals experiencing many types of these particular concerns, from compulsive sexual behavior and pornography addiction to painful intercourse and sexual dissatisfaction. I am a Fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, an international organization aimed at prevention of sexual abuse and the treatment of/research on those who abuse. With me, you will find no judgment or awkward pauses about whatever issues you are experiencing! Additionally, I have worked with countless survivors of sexual abuse and other traumas and am a nationally rostered trauma clinician; I have significant experience working with those managing PTSD, depression, and relationship/intimacy issues as a result of past sexual trauma or interpersonal violence. With my diverse clinical background and easy-going but caring, concerned, and direct style, I am confident that no matter what is troubling you, we can work together to ensure you become your best self!
Although I utilize a variety of approaches depending on the issues and needs of those with whom I am working, I tend to rely most on two core theoretical frameworks. I often approach therapy from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, which entails (to put it simply) looking at thoughts and feelings and how they result in behaviors. When experiencing difficulty in your life, it is very likely that underlying faulty core beliefs are keeping you from achieving the emotional health and stability you desire; therefore, we will work on reframing and restructuring your negative thoughts and patterns into more positive, adaptive ones. In addition, I utilize a systems approach in conceptualizing your issues; in doing so, we will look at your role in each of the systems in which you interact to facilitate change. By gaining insight into the system of overlapping and intertwining relationships (i.e., the systems) in your life, you will reach a better understanding of your patterns of behavior and how to change those that are not working for you.
No matter how we approach your identified needs, know that I am very passionate about my work helping others and it is my goal to provide you a therapy experience where you will feel heard, respected, and valued. Your feedback is crucial to our therapeutic relationship and remember, you are the key to your own success! I simply am going to help you open the door. I look forward to exploring the ways in which I can assist you in attaining your goals. Let’s get started today—you can do this!! And I’ll be with you every step of the way.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship, Family, Grief, Eating, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Bipolar
LISW #5194 (Expires: 2018-12-31)
Melanie is insightful without being presumptive, empathetic without being dismissive and familiar without being unprofessional. I feel like I learn something about myself every time we talk and am continually improving my ability to interact with those around me, as well as understand my own thoughts and behaviors. I can honestly say that all of my immediate relationships have drastically improved since I started working with Melanie and I am so grateful for her guidance and support!
Melanie, is wonderful- she clearly has a true passion for helping people. She has helped me process, heal and move on from things I have been stuck with for my whole life - honestly I never thought I'd be able to move on from these but she has really helped me realize that it is possible. I still have a little way to go but I will get there, this counseling has literally changed my life :)
I have been working with Melanie Hendricks for a little over a month now. She is honestly amazing. Never in my life have I experienced such total acceptance, caring, empathy and understanding, and positive concern and regard for me as a person. With this as a starting point, we are working toward helping me become the person that I have always known myself to be. She is intelligent, knowledgeable, insightful, challenging, and tremendously supportive with some very, very complicated and difficult issues. Anyone that has the opportunity to work with her will be blessed, as I have been.
She saved my life.
Melanie is absolutely wonderful . In my short time thus far working with her, I found myself to be more confident and overall happier with my day to day life! I find her line of questioning and feedback incredibly insightful and thought provoking . Sometimes I feel like she knows what I may be thinking before I do! I am looking forward very much to continue working with her and would recommend her to anyone. 5 out of 5 stars people!
Melanie is very insightful. It is amazing how quickly she understood where I was coming from. It is wonderful to have her on my side as a trusted partner and support. She replies very fast and her responses are always very thoughtful and helpful. I truly could not have wished for a better match!