Melissa Averett

(M.Ed, LPC)

About Me

My name is Melissa Averett. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my Master Degree in Education Counseling at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2008. I’ve worked 4 years in a residential setting with woman recovering from addiction. I also worked 7 years at Spectrum Rehab Services providing outpatient counseling to adults for wide range of struggles and mental illness. I help Clients that have experienced the trauma of divorce begin the healing and forgiveness process. I use Person Centered Counseling to build rapport and help my clients identify their counseling need and set counseling goals. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Restructuring to help clients identify, dispute and restructure maladaptive thoughts into healthier thoughts and beliefs. I like to teach my clients about healthy boundaries, how to improve self esteem, choices and consequences, healthy coping skills and assertive communication skills to improve relationships. I will make a great effort to demonstrated warmth and empathy as we work on difficult issues toward your therapeutic goals.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , ADHD
Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #4551 (Expires: 2023-06-30)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on Jul 21, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Melissa is fantastic!!

Written by R.E. on Apr 20, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and trauma and abuse

Melissa is very compassionate and understanding. I like her approach to counseling as she is not judgmental and she offers practical and spiritual wisdom. She has been nothing but a blessing to me throughout this whole ordeal.

Written by N.I. on Mar 31, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I feel like Melissa reads and listens to understand what I’m saying and how it makes me feel. She is great!

Written by A.M. on Mar 12, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Melissa has been the compassionate and kind help that I needed at a difficult time. I would happily recommend her and her skills.

Written by H.E. on Jun 28, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Melissa Averett is an amazing woman and counselor. She’s a good listener. And she has already helped in the one video session we’ve had and her messages to me pull me through a lot. I can tell she actually cares about her people not as (patience) but their humanity. She cares about humanity. And it shows.

Written by M.I. on May 30, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

I have had many different therapists over the years. None have been a better fit for me than Melissa. She is very empathetic and extremely knowledgeable about my struggles. She sends me worksheets to help in between sessions and always responds to my messages. I’m so thankful to get to work with her.

Written by M.I. on Apr 22, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Melissa is wonderful! I really enjoy our sessions and look forward to each time that we meet. She is very gentle and thoughtful in her approach and I can tell in a short time that she truly wants what is best for me and her other clients. I’m awfully glad that we matched on this platform. Look forward to continuing to work with Melissa.

Written by H.O. on Apr 21, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I've only been talking with Melissa for a short time now but she's been very helpful from the start. I was a little wary and unsure of this kind of counseling but those feelings were gone quickly. It's great to be able to send my thoughts and feelings whenever I'm having them knowing that she'll read them and respond with helpful thoughts, insight, and suggestions. Our first video session went great and wasn't awkward at all! Melissa really listens and cares. I'm so glad I took a chance and signed up because this is something I want to keep in my life. Honestly I prefer it to the traditional once weekly counseling I've had in the past.

Written by T.E. on Mar 29, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I think Mrs Melissa is wonderful. She sees my messages and doesn't just automatically answer them. She responds to let me know that she has seen them and she hears me. But wants to take a moment to fully process them. And she then truly hears what I say and then gives her response. She never belittles me or chastises me for my negative thinking or anything. She encourages and pushes me to do better. Our video sessions go great as well. She always allows me to say what I need to be said but she also keeps me on track with what our goal is. She gives me works sheets after our session to help me achieve my desired goal(s) and they are good tools. And she will occasionally send another to help if I mention another struggle I'm having, even before our video session. Mrs. Melissa is easy to talk to, I was extremely nervous talking to her at first and I was honest and told her that and she has always put me at ease. I have truly enjoyed the time I have had with her and I look forward to continuing our progress to helping me be a better version of myself.