Melissa Leonhardt


About Me

Melissa Leonhardt, MA LPC NCC

Hi! My name is Melissa Leonhardt. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, client centered and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (#5208) licensed in North Carolina and Nationally Certified with a MA in counseling. I have over 24 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, grief counseling, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.

I have a dedication to helping the LGBT community with relationship issues, everyday issues, and gender concerns. I have been focusing on LGBT issues and gender issues for the past 10 years. This involves the anxiety, depression, confusion and family and relationship issues that are a huge part of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. I have helped people come out to their parents as well as helped people transition. I help people that experience the unique circumstances that goes along with being a part of the LGBT community.

A little bit about me. I am a lesbian that has been in a 26 year relationship (2 years married finally :). My wife and I have a 16 year old son . I also volunteer with a local cat rescue organization.

I look forward to working with you and helping you in anyway I can!

Melissa Leonhardt, MA NCC LPC


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties

Years of Experience: 24

Services Offered

  • Messaging


LPC #5208 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Written by K.R on Nov 07, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 1 month

Each week of talking to Melissa has helped me jump huge hurdles in my life. I'm truly thankful for her guidance and am certainly not done seeking her help.

Written by L.A on Sep 23, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

I have found Melissa to be very understanding, and supportive. She has helped me to discover and learn why I do what I do, and how to be at peace with my actions, or correct them. Melissa is also a wonderful resource for personal development, offering me suggestions that will aid in bettering myself.

Written by J.O on Jan 09, 2016 after counseling with Melissa for 7 months

Melissa is: a great listener, non-judgmental, clear thinker, a beacon of light for people suffering from many forms of issues. She is a kind and gentle person. She helped me greatly.

Written by S.E on Oct 31, 2015 after counseling with Melissa for 4 months

Melissa has been a light at the end of a long dark tunnel. You would think interaction over messaging alone would be impersonal but chatting with Melissa has been anything but. She makes each reply feel like she is right there with me really listening and offering some truly helpful and insightful advice.

Written by K.A on Oct 02, 2015 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months

Melissa has been of great help for my mental wellbeing. She has helped me see the positive in certain areas of my life where I couldnt find any. She is kind and empathetic, with no judging and no short answers!