Hello! I am Dr. Mendy Mays. I am a generalist therapist, licensed in Kentucky, with 13 years experience in providing individual services. Before that I served as a middle school counselor for 12 years. Through the years I have gained experience in working with life issues, communication problems, and mood disorders, among other things. I have specific training in grief counseling and trauma. I currently also teach in a master's level counseling program that prepares students for state licensure. This keeps me up to date on best practices. Also, after spending most of my life in rural areas, I am very aware of the challenges and cultural issues that often occur surrounding mental health issues in that atmosphere.
I like for therapy to be a collaboration. I see my role of therapist as being a partner and facilitator in the client's journey to wellness and fulfillment. I like to use the analogy that I am like a hardware store. I have tools and information for people to successfully do the work needed. I strive to make therapy a safe, no judgment zone. The approaches I most often use are cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused and narrative therapy. However I have experience with many theoretical approaches and have lots of "tools in my tool bag" to tailor treatment for a specific client's needs.
Change can be difficult and I realize the courage it takes for a client to enter therapy. The first step toward a better life is often the hardest. If your are ready, I look forward to taking that step with you and supporting you on your journey.
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
KY LPCC 104616
Dr Mays really understands me; a middle age mother, wife and teacher because she has the same life experience. Talking to her is like talking to a best friend, A friend who asks the right questions and helps me find the answers to help me face my fears and get motivated to overcome the challenges I’m working on. Dr Mays also encourages me to rely on my faith for strength.
Written on Jan 05, 2023 after therapy with Melinda for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Thank you Dr. Mays for being there and providing the perspective and support I need to get better! I appreciate you so much.
Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Melinda for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes