I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of South Dakota. My background includes working with ages 10- to 17-year-old individuals in a psychiatric facility. I also have experience working with the elderly in the nursing home setting. I have 11 years of experiencing related to providing therapy to others. I enjoy working with individuals’ caregivers seeking to learn coping skills to prevent burnout, supporting people through their personal grief & bereavement experience, and folks adjusting to different life roles related to aging or illness. I also enjoy working with individuals who are struggling with depression, self-harm, and aggression. I have also worked with families to improve family dynamics and over all relationships. I have worked with youth involved in the court system here in South Dakota to navigate the system and make behavior changes. I also have experience and knowledge related to chemical dependency as well. In my time I have done individual counseling, family counseling and group therapy.
I believe in person-centered, self-directed care. You are the expert in your own life, and I look forward to helping you achieve your goals. My approach includes evidenced based techniques like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Informed, and Solution Focused counseling. I also value the importance of developing and strengthening a personal narrative through psychodynamic, supportive therapy. Together we will discuss your preferences, map out your goals, and determine the best way I can approach our counseling relationship in order for you to meet them.
I enjoy working with individuals to help encourage them and provide support to help them overcome what they feel are the areas the need assistance. I feel that everyone has strengths to build on to conquer anything.
- Anger management
- Self esteem
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Isolation/Loneliness , Mood Disorders , Personality Disorders , Self-Harm Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #3565 (Expires: 2021-12-31)
So far Melanie has been been great to work with. She's very understanding and considerate of my schedule. I love that I can message her at any time of the day and there's always a response within a very reasonable time.
I feel very comfortable talking with Melanie. She has been a great help to me and is very responsive, compassionate, and helpful!
Melanie is amazing. We have been working together for a few months now and the difference in my mental health is incredible. I genuinely enjoy her and our sessions are a high point of my weeks!
Melanie, understands the various needs for therapy . She listens and absorbs so well, which allows her To break down and tailor a unique therapeutic sense guidance and clarity.
Very helpful check on me to see how I’m doing which I like and it seems to be helping me a lot
The first session was amazing. She listened to me thoroughly and worked with me in creating smart goals.