I am an individual and family therapist with 19 years of experience in this field and 13 years as a therapist. I have experience in many areas of mental health and family and social issues including, but not limited to: generalized anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, PTSD, parenting problems, domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma. I have some experience working with gender dysphoria. I have worked in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, at risk youth (alternative education and a residential program), therapy for child protective services cases, community mental health, state prison, private practice, and teaching (online and in person).
I am working towards specializing in trauma. I have learned three different types of trauma therapies this past year (Brainspotting, CPT, and Accelerated Response Therapy) and am working on getting certified in all three. Each of these therapies has it's place in an individual's abiity to overcome trauma. However, I deal with more than just trauma and I have more tools (i.e., CBT, motivational interviewing, reality therapy, family systems therapy, and DBT - to name a few).
My therapy style is warm, respectful and interactive. I believe therapy is individualized (every person is different with different needs) and the therapy styles.
Hope, empowerment, a good relationship and education are things I feel are integral to a successful therapeutic experience. If you want to be heard, learn, and work towards bettering yourself, I am here to support and assist you in this endeavor. I look forward to meeting you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180.008965
GA LPC LPC011346
AL LPC 3958
Dr. Chovan is super kind and understanding!
Written on Nov 25, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I consider myself very lucky to have come across her and have her support!
Written on Nov 25, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse
She helped me with my PTSD so much when no one else could. I didn’t think I would ever leave my apartment again before working with her. She taught me what I needed to do in order to get over that. I am forever grateful.
She understood me and didn’t make me feel like my fears were irrational or so nominal that they didn’t matter. She listened to me , validated me, and genuinely cared about my success.
Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
Amazing! Dr. Chovan is very supportive and has such a wealth of information!
Written on Aug 19, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and adhd
Listened well. Suggestions good.
Written on Jul 26, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes
Dr. Chovan is personable and kind, and she instantly creates a safe environment where I feel comfortable diving right in and talking about my issues.
Written on Jul 21, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and intimacy-related issues