I am licensed in Kentucky with over 15 years in the mental health field. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, bipolar disorder, & depression. I also have over 20 years of experience working with adolescents and teenagers.
I strive to provide mental telehealth counseling services to help promote individual growth and positive mental health. I understand that each client I work with is a unique individual influenced by his, her or their culture, family, values, beliefs, and personal identity. I strive to honor and respect the uniqueness of each person I treat. I seek to decrease mental health suffering in clients, while I seek to promote a positive sense of self and self-esteem. I seek to lessen the experience of anxiety and worry which can inhibit one’s enjoyment of life, while I seek to help clients nurture and discover ways to enjoy and make the most of their lives. I seek to assist clients to engage in healthy behaviors, and I seek to increase clients' sense of meaning and purpose in life.
I also endeavor to promote better functioning and satisfaction in clients’ school and/or work, personal interests, and in their relationships. When working with children and families, I aspire to strengthen emotional bonds and improve communication. I offer a common goal of providing quality, effective, empathic treatment to the whole person.
My goal is to guide individuals and families toward better functioning in all areas of their lives. All treatment is grounded in researched-based interventions and theories and is delivered in an ethical manner, always with respect for the client. I understand that therapeutic services may not be the only treatment or service that will promote the growth of the individual in all aspects of who they are, and therefore I may facilitate a referral to other treatment providers and/or professionals in order to help clients actualize their full potential. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!
Additional areas of focus: Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Impulsivity, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress
KY LPCC 276563
Melanie is the first therapist I've had that has created a plan of action for me rather than just listen to my thoughts of the week. She doesn't get distracted by the situations I discuss, rather she gets to the core beliefs and cognitive distortions that I have so we can recognize those and learn to ignore them. She's great!
Written on Jul 12, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd