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Melissa Cauthen, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Self esteem, Motivation Depression
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Blessings to you:
I am licensed Social Worker in Illinois with 20+ years of professional work experience, with most of those years being in therapeutic situations. My extensive social work experience has allowed me to work with many walks of life, where I have advocated for their best qualities of their life, always. I have much experience working with diverse populations and have the ability to meet people where they are at. I believe my gift of being a minority helps a great deal in this ability. I thrive on positivity and mental wellness, with a clear understanding and vision of one's light. With this gift, I feel I am called to help others live their best lives, and give skills to help keep their light bright. I am a natural promoter of empowerment and hold a great deal of empathy. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, family conflicts, etc. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

Professional experience

16yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Antisocial Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Codependency, Communication problems, Control issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Domestic Violence, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Jealousy, Life purpose, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Personality Disorders, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

IL LCSW 149023198


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melissa Cauthen. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Melissa is an amazing listener and allows for open and honest conversation coupled with tools to move through whatever I have going on.

Written on May 01, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and adhd

Melissa Cauthen is terrific, and is a quick study on issues and patient concerns. She provided thoughtful feedback and very helpful suggestions and strategies in our very first meetings, and provided immediate follow up and written materials that helped considerably. Most of all, she is an expert listener and really helped with the issues that caused me to seek therapy treatment.

Written on Feb 19, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Melissa is wonderful and emphatic therapist. A great listener, she takes into account what you share and offers extremely valuable feedback and suggestions for moving forward. Highest possible recommendation.

Written on Jan 26, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Melissa is a caring person who listens and asks provoking questions. I have very much enjoy our chats and look forward to many more as she helps me grow as a person.

Written on Nov 28, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coaching

Melissa is awesome. So real and authentic.

Written on Nov 17, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I like that she seems to care about my well being and it is obvious that this is more than just a job to her.

Written on Nov 11, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem