Hello and thanks for taking that first step towards a therapeutic relationship! I am a licensed social worker in Oregon with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence.
I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where your thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
If you're facing hard challenges and decisions, we'll process that together in a way that makes sense for you and formulate your goals so they don't seem so overwhelming. I'm straightforward and honest with my clients, and hope for a mutually transparent relationship. Solution-focused and and goal-oriented, I employ mindfulness techniques in my practice as a way to interrupt intrusive or racing thoughts. I value humor as a strength as we navigate this wild world.
Additional areas of focus: Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing
OR LCSW L8486
Melanie is phenomenal! If you put in the effort, she will work you to the solution. Best therapist I have had in my life. Able to work through difficult things:
Written on Nov 20, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts
Melanie makes me feel very comfortable and consistently addresses my concerns, giving me tools & ideas to help me along my journey.
Written on Jul 25, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts
My short time with Melanie has been very helpful and productive.
Written on Jul 10, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Melanie was a great therapist to work with! She jumped right in to better understand my current issues and concerns. Her attentive listening skills enabled us to brainstorm some solutions while also identifying a few thought distortions in my way.
I would highly recommend her and hope to talk with her again.
Written on Jun 03, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 4 months on issues concerning grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Melanie is very helpful and supportive. She provides a practical approach to coaching and navigating challenges. I really appreciate her!
Written on Apr 09, 2023 after therapy with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd