I am a Professional Counselor licensed in Alabama and Georgia, with over 10 years of experience working as a mental health, substance abuse and behavioral counselor. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, substance abuse, emotional disturbances, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.
My counseling style is eclectic. I do not believe in a one size fits all treatment approach. I believe in treating all clients/potential clients with the dignity and respect that we all deserve. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, solution-focused and person centered counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
I commend you for even considering counseling services. This is a major step to making the changes you want to see in your life. I can't promise you it will be easy, but it will definitely be worth it.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
AL LPC LPC04118
GA LPC LPC011579
I love that Melisa checks on me and sees how I’m doing I appreciate it
Written on Oct 30, 2023 after therapy with Melisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Melisa Ford is a great therapist. She is a awesome listener and offers great insight. I would definitely recommend her
Written on Oct 23, 2023 after therapy with Melisa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief
I’ve really enjoyed having Melisa as my therapist. I feel safe talking with her. I feel heard and understood by her. She gives really good practical advise and asks thoughtful questions. She is kind and clearly experienced. I’m thankful to have her help and I’m excited about the deeper healing that is happening.
Written on Oct 05, 2023 after therapy with Melisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
I am confident speaking with my therapist. She listens , she understands my primary concerns and she is not condescending towards me. She helps to flesh out my thoughts when I express them to her. She is very supportive.
Written on May 04, 2023 after therapy with Melisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues
Melisa is great. She’s like a friend but still tells me what I need to hear when I need to hear it. I would recommend her for sure.
Written on Mar 01, 2023 after therapy with Melisa for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She's a wonderful therapist and really listens. As a black woman in therapy, it's great to have another black woman as a therapist. She's very caring and gives great feedback. I always look forward to speaking with her to help me dissect and understand things.
Written on Dec 17, 2022 after therapy with Melisa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem