Eva "Melissa" Gadd

(LMSW)
Therapist Eva "Melissa" Gadd Photo

About Me

Hi there, my name is Melissa and I'd love to be a support to you!

I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan over 20 years ago and have worked in a variety of settings both as a medical social worker and as a therapist. I truly enjoy the strong relationships that I have built and consider myself lucky to enjoy my work every day.

I have worked with a wide range of people experiencing a variety of struggles, including depression and anxiety, grief and loss and life changing transitions. These transitions may include from school to work, marriage or divorce, the birth of a child or an empty nest and changes in personal health or caregiving for a loved one. I utilize a variety of approaches to help you achieve your goal, tapping into your personal strengths and offering support and acceptance. I feel that working in a Person In Environment perspective can be validating and help people achieve their goals quicker. I also employ techniques such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, recognizing that what works for one person may not work for everyone.

I am excited to be a part of BetterHelp, with this platform allowing validation and support to be available to everyone, even with the hectic lifestyles many lead. I look forward to working together soon!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 21

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMSW #6801073587 (Expires: 2024-04-30)


Reviews

Written by S.H. on Mar 24, 2021 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Mellisa is extremely easy to talk to! Although it’s sometimes difficult to talk about yourself she definitely puts you at ease.

Written by W.I. on Mar 17, 2021 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, self esteem, and career difficulties

It's early days for my sessions with Melissa but she's very patient, understanding and has a lot of different insights and methods to suggest which can work for different types of people.

Written by R.A. on Mar 04, 2021 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and anger management

Melissa is amazing. She listens and is understanding.

Written by T.R. on Feb 24, 2021 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Melissa has helped me in ways I cant explain. I was skeptical of therapy at first but she made everything so easy and I feel very comfortable with her. If i could give her a 100 star rating I would.

Written by C.H. on Feb 07, 2021 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Melissa is the best counsellor I could ask for. She is kind and considerate and has helped me greatly.

Written by L.A. on Jan 25, 2021 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and adhd

A life saver!

Written by N.A. on Jan 19, 2021 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Melissa's compassion and respect for my experiences is a light.

Written by V.I. on Nov 25, 2020 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 1 year

Melissa is my rock! I've been talking to her for the past two years and she helps me navigate dark days as well as good days. I would highly recommend her!

Written by N.A. on Oct 17, 2020 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Melissa is great. She’s warm and understanding and checks in. She validated how you feel and makes suggestions for how to move forward . I highly recommend

Written by M.A. on Oct 11, 2020 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Melissa has been a wonderful counselor and resource for me as I have navigated a rocky patch of life over the past 6 months. She provided a healthy and much needed outlet for me to work through some difficult and momentous milestones, and helped me find the strength to address my worries and anxieties. Words cannot express how much her calm, patience and understanding have helped me, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a helping hand.

Written by J.O. on Oct 11, 2020 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

Great!

Written by S.U. on Aug 12, 2020 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

I always look forward to my appointments with Melissa because she gives great advice and techniques to help me with my issues. She also listens and let's me get everything out on the table that is going on in my life.

Written by L.A. on Jul 21, 2020 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 4 months on issues concerning sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Melissa has helped me so much in re-structuring how my brain thinks and interprets situations such that I have a more calm and collected response. She rarely tells me what to do, more so she guides me and my mind to come to a conclusion myself and that is extremely empowering to me. Would highly recommend her to anyone struggling with negative and toxic thoughts!

Written by N.I. on Jun 13, 2020 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

She's very helpful!

Written by A.N. on May 05, 2020 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Melissa has helped me in this difficult time in my life. Her kindness and words has been very important and I am grateful for her help.

Written by J.A. on Dec 31, 2019 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I couldn’t go more than two months without this app! Tried and have to come back. I need to be able to have a neutral and understanding person to vent to. It’s so helpful that she’s so encouraging and I often feel a little bit lighter after writing in.

Written by R.E. on Oct 03, 2019 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

I was reluctant to begin counseling and had put off getting help for years. I wasn’t sure if counseling/therapy was right for me (I’m a pretty private person), but it has been one of the best decisions I have made. Melissa is wonderful and easy to open up to. I honestly look forward to every session. Melissa is a great listener, very understanding, relatable and very accommodating with flexibility for busy lifestyles. I highly recommend her and online counseling for anyone struggling through life’s difficult stages.

Written by A.N. on Jul 29, 2019 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and sleeping disorders

Things turned around for me when Betterhelp arranged for Melissa to assist and guide me through my troubled times. Melissa quickly understood what the issues were for me and very quickly worked with me to provide reference points and parameters to address these.

The whole engagement in the counseling felt like a conversation with a very close friend that empathized and was there to reassure me that everything was capable of resolution. The tyranny of distance and disparate time zones-I'm in the best country on the planet, Australia-was set aside by her dedication and unwavering commitment to be there for me.

From the base station to the summit, I now have a line of vision and confidence as Melissa charted and then navigated a course collaboratively with me that has put my life back on an even keel.

And it's been smooth sailing since.

Written by M.A. on Jul 28, 2019 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

I only just started with Melissa, but she has been like a reliable friend and Her advise is unbiased. She listens and helps come up with strategies to help me navigate the complexities of my life. I appreciate the help she gives SO much.

Written by K.I. on Jul 05, 2019 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, and sleeping disorders

I feel that Melissa has me in her thoughts even when we aren't writing. She is the best!

Written by J.O. on Jun 02, 2019 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and adhd

Fantastic listener and a calm coach.

Written by R.A. on Apr 02, 2019 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, anger management, and career difficulties

Melissa has been an awesome counselor. From the moment I signed up with better help, she has been a new perspective in how I see things in life. I am able to take a moment and not just get so angry and actually process my thoughts.

Written by K.A. on Dec 11, 2018 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Melissa has been extremely supportive and accommodating to my concerns.

Written by A.H. on Dec 11, 2018 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

Melissa is wonderful counselor - she listens very carefully, is very considerate and always comes up with great ideas.

Written by S.T. on Nov 17, 2018 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Melissa is a great counselor. She seems very knowledgeable and she gets me to thinking. I am really a believer that third time is the charm. She is my 3rd therapist and she is honestly amazing. I knew that she would be a great counselor considering as soon as I switched to her she responded almost immediately. I didn't "trust" the process after being failed the first two times. However, with Melissa, i definitely trust it and recommend her. I seriously look forward to speaking with her all the time and addressing my issues. She's honestly great!

Written by J.A. on Nov 17, 2018 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Melissa is a great listener and is equipped to help many issues in many ways! She is always making herself available and providing help that is comprehensive and effective.

Written by C.H. on Oct 22, 2018 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem

Melissa is a great help for me and my anxiety. You really have the feeling she listens to you, empathizes and finds a good therapy way for you. Couldn't have wished for a better counselor :)

Written by A.M. on Oct 06, 2018 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Melissa is very helpful, and very professional at her job. She's available when I need her the most and gives great advice.

Written by S.U. on Sep 22, 2018 after therapy with Eva "Melissa" for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and parenting issues

From the moment I first spoke to Melissa, I felt very comfortable with her. She didn’t make me feel like I was in therapy, she made me feel like I was just talking to a friend who really understood what my struggles were. She’s helped me a ton in a short period time and I’m very grateful to her.