I am a licensed independent social worker (LISW) based in Iowa. I have over twenty years of experience working with children and adults in clinical and school settings. My experience is varied, I have worked with clients ages birth- 18 years old with a wide range of concerns including developmental delays, depression, anxiety, trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD and ADHD. I have also had the opportunity to work with adults challenged by depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, anger issues and life changing situations.
I am trained in Solutions Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. I use evidence based practices and interventions to assist clients in whatever it is they want support with. I have a laid back approach to therapy and my priority is building trust and understanding to develop a positive therapeutic relationship with every client. I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Family Problems, Personality Disorders, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
IA LISW 02398
Melanie is always checking in on me, genuinely cares about my will being and is always there with helpful advice. Even when i know what to do, it feels easier to apply after taking to her.
Written on Aug 07, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues
She is easy going with things and a soft approach which I like
Written on Mar 13, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, and compassion fatigue
I really appreciate talking to you Melanie I genuinely mean it. I’m practicing mindfulness and i think doing that and with time it just makes you feel mature about things and just learning more
Written on Mar 10, 2022 after therapy with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, and self esteem