Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening to you, my potential client! I am enthusiastic and grateful you chose to reach out for help through the BetterHelp online platform. Your motivation and bravery shows strength in reaching out for help today. I want to promote and encourage a safe space for you through this platform, in which we can accomplish some amazing things together and work towards your greatest goals.
My name is Melissa and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of FL. I am also trained and certified in Suicide Prevention. I absolutely love what I do in the counseling field and I cannot wait to begin this therapeutic journey with you!
I obtained my BA from the University of Miami where I majored in Psychology. I then went on to obtain my Master's in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. I began my career working at Kids in Distress, where I saw children, teens, young adults, families and couples struggling with anxiety, family dynamics, behavioral issues, relationship issues, trauma, intimacy, and depression. After working in the outpatient settings, I began to work within inpatient settings at two different hospitals. In the hospital setting, I currently see patients struggling with a wide range of many different disorders and of varying ages and backgrounds: substance abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, and many other stressors and life changes. I also work with families and work on family dynamics/conflicts with individuals that I see.
During our therapeutic processing together, you will be the driver in the front seat, guiding where you would like to go and how you would like to get there. I believe in a person-centered approach. I will be a “backseat driver”, assisting you in getting wherever you would like to go at the pace you would like to get there. During our therapeutic journey together, I would like to encourage a zone of openness, honesty, and a zone free of judgment and biases. I also align myself with solution focused brief therapy, where we can immediately begin to set and process some realistic short term and long term goals to optimize your overall and optimal well-being and happiness. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, I may also challenge your negative thinking with some positivity and thoughts filled with hopefulness.
Please feel free to message me with any questions you may have!
I am motivated and ready to get started...are YOU?
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Eating disorders
- Self esteem
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD Read more...
LMHC #14393 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
Melissa is a great counselor. She listens and helps me think. She is encouraging and respects me. She has really helped me with this tough time in my life. I have really benefited from our conversations we have had and the activities she gives me.
I feel lighter and more confident after each session with Melissa. She has been a great support in my life by helping reduce my overall anxiety and find some purpose and stability. Additionally, she provides great homework that gives me amazing insight!
Mellisa is great! She always is very understanding and takes time to understand all of my feelings when we discuss. She also always has helpful solutions and checks in to see how I'm doing. I would absolutely recommend her!
She has been very non-judgmental and empathetic. She has been so helpful in the short time I have been with her.
Melissa is amazing! I have enjoyed our time together very much! She has given me great feedback, great goals to work towards and ways to work towards them, and she is quick to respond. We correspond daily and I am so thankful for her!