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Dr. Melissa Chovan, LCPC, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Anger management Depression
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About me

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.

Professional experience

13yrs in practice

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

License information

IL LCPC 180.008965

GA LPC LPC011346

AL LPC 3958


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Melissa Chovan. 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.

I feel safe talking to her and she’s a great listener

Written on Feb 10, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

She is wonderful and very helpful

Written on Feb 10, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks

Dr. Chovan is so incredibly patient and listens very well. She always makes the conversation extremely personal and makes you feel less like a patient and more like an individual. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new therapist!

Written on Dec 01, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Only 2 sessions in but Melissa has been understanding and supportive. She also proactively reaches out to me.

Written on Nov 25, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

She has done a fantastic job of making me feel comfortable and able to open up. It feels more like the ease of a friendly conversation.

Written on Oct 13, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I've been working with Melissa for several months. She's helped me sort out many personal and relationship issues. Very good listener, problem solver and coach. She's great.

Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes