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Dr. Melissa Harper, PhD., LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Self esteem, Motivation Coping with life changes
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About me

Hi, I am Dr. Melissa Harper, representing the Caribbean community where we have so many cultural nuances that cause us to shy away from therapy...I am here to navigate our cultural values while maintaining or mental health. I hold a Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University (2009); COAMFTE Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of Florida. In addition to the extensive coursework, my training included: play therapy at University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development, as well as Responsive Teaching and developing healthy attachments between caregivers/parents and children. Also, working in substance abuse facilities with chronic substance abusers, and military persons who developed addictions. I’ve worked with teens in foster care, and families who are blended. I am also an adjunct professor in the Master’s Psychology program at Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL.

Furthermore, I hold a M.S. in Marriage& Family Therapy from St. Thomas University (CACREP) and B.A. degree in Psychology from Florida International University.
I successfully completed the AMFTRB Exam (Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board), earned the Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and have logged fifteen hundred (1500) hours of client time under two years of supervision (100 weeks). As a licensee of the Florida Department of Health, I will abide by its Code of Ethics. License # in the State of Florida: MT3263.
My work includes services to both individuals and families; both adults and children. My areas of specialties include: Relationship Issues , Blended Families, Behavioral Issues and Coping Skills.

Professional experience

12yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Self esteem, Motivation Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Depression, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

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

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She is so relatable and listens to me, because I can tell you what’s wrong and how to make it better but something about her telling me things just hits different thankful for her

Written on Mar 05, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping disorders