I am a Licensed Masters Social Worker in the state of Michigan. I have experience working with adults, college age students, and adolescents. Clinical issues that I have the most experience in include depression, trauma, grief, anxiety, overeating, relationship issues, self esteem issues, obsessive and compulsive behaviors, and stress management.
A main focus in my treatment is establishing a therapeutic alliance with the client. I believe having a good connection helps facilitate effective counseling and provides the best outcomes. In therapy, I am supportive, compassionate, and am present with individuals both in times of struggle as well as times of achievement and progress. I make sure to meet each individual where they are at and actively listen to and respect where they would like to see themselves in the future with the help of therapy.
Working collaboratively with individuals on their treatment goals is a priority throughout treatment and I encourage open communication regarding what therapeutic techniques and approaches work best for the person to ensure the best therapeutic experience.
My counseling style combines strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused approaches to help individuals achieve their therapeutic goals. Identifying one's strengths and the coping skills that can be used to help work through various issues is an important part of my therapy approach.
I truly value each individual therapeutic relationship and fully empathize with the different emotions a client may experience throughout treatment. I believe that each individual has the ability to overcome struggles but that sometimes having additional support in the form of therapy can help one to better identify and recognize the coping skills and strengths they already possess.
You have taken the first step in creating a healthier, happier you and I would be honored to support you in that journey!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Control Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Personality Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MI LMSW 6801106478
Melissa is an amazing listener. She understands my sarcasm and understands me even when I believe im not speaking clear . I couldn't ask for a better counsellor (:
Written on May 15, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Melissa is absolutely fantastic! You can really she knows exactly what she’s doing and she makes sure you know it too. Her help has been so valuable and has helped my a great deal over only three weeks and for that I am so grateful!
Written on Apr 25, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
I am glad I got the chance to be counseled with Melissa.
Written on Dec 08, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Thank you for being supportive, listening to me, and giving me great counseling! I really appreciate all your help!
Written on Oct 07, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Been working with Melissa for months now, and although I'm having some ongoing battles, she's made me feel confident in other treatment avenues and helping me build confidence to self-advocate in these and has been extremely helpful with helping work out some things I wouldn't have thought about. Thank you so much.
Written on Jul 31, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
I have worked with Melissa for a few months now and I wouldn’t have got through self-isolation without her. I suffer from Bulimia and anxiety. And I felt there was no judgment whatsoever from Melissa, we built a very safe space to talk openly and we went through lots of stratified to try and tackle the above. Although I am no longer with Melissa due to financial reasons I would 100% recommend her for anyone else!
Written on Jun 16, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and eating disorders