Melissa Dahlgren

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About Me

Hello, my name is Melissa Dahlgren. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialization in working with families. I completed my B.S. degree at Central Michigan University, and Masters of Social Work at Michigan State University. I earned some clinical experience at CMU through both the Speech Therapy Clinic as a student clinician and their summer program as the drama instructor. After discovering my passion for working with families, I interned at the MSU Family Therapy Clinic. I was trained on multiple treatment modalities including Gottman Method, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, The Bowen Method, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

I worked with a non-profit agency providing family support and behavioral interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities 6 years. Part of my duties were providing crisis interventions and trauma informed support. I served as the Clinical Manager of Residential Services there and provided supervisory duties for a year before assisting another non-profit in the area as their Clinical Manager of Children’s Services.

I functioned as a student success coach providing direct social emotional support at our local community college for two years. While there I delivered self-management and advocacy skills training, as well as other life skill training as needed. I received additional training in trauma informed care and made the decision to move to K12 education as a behavior therapist and clinical social worker.

I have worked in schools for the past 5 years in the clinical role. I love working with children and adolescents on self-esteem issues, motivation concerns, as well as anxiety, depression, and anger management, grief support, and community resources. I prioritize in working with the family with my interventions and bring in other family members when needed to work on. I look forward to working with you and your family to help you live your best life.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMSW #6801106844 (Expires: 2024-04-30)


Written by A.L. on Sep 23, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Melissa has helped me grow a lot in the past few months. She understands my issues and helps me work them out.

Written by C.H. on Jul 27, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Melissa is very kind and caring. She is able to come off as a good friend while still being extremely professional. Melissa knows what questions to ask to get you to self reflect and pull out your own answers. I’ve made so much progress since I began our sessions and I’m grateful to have been paired with her.

Written by C.H. on May 02, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I think we connect well and she does understand my woes. I feel like we need more time together and I’d like to do more interactive exercises. We’re on a great path and I think shes understanding, receptive and empathetic.

Written by L.U. on Feb 27, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Melissa is a thoughtful and supportive counsellor who has done so much in a few sessions to help me work on my marriage. I feel she understands my needs and offers real compassionate support.

Written by A.N. on Feb 24, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I recently started working with Melissa and I find her very warm and empathetic. She has a calm about her that helps me open up. I also think she is very competent and professional. Would definitely recommend her !