I am a licensed mental health counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and substance use disorder professional in the State of Washington with over 15 years of experience. I have worked primarily for the military so I am very familiar with the military culture and lifestyle. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, midlife/existential crisis, divorce, career changes and parenting struggles.
My therapy style is open, nonjudgmental, interactive and I seek to empower clients. I specialize in CBT, motivational interviewing but I also incorporate family systems theory. I believe you're the expert in your own life and I am just here to help you along the path that would make you the better version of yourself. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. This is your therapy and your time. Building a strong therapeutic relationship where you can be comfortable, open and honest is first and foremost.
It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. The fact that you're reading this is the first step in healing and growing. I commend you for taking the next steps to seek help to be the best version of yourself!
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
WA LMHC LH 60088360
WA LMFT LF 60143370
I have been fortunate to really connect with my therapist, Melissa. I feel really heard by her and respect our dialogue and organic conversations. I always leave sessions wanting more time but feeling a sense of productivity and closure on topics we discuss. I also appreciate circling back to topics previously discussed as well. Can't imagine tackling life without Melissa! :)
Written on Jul 14, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I love working with Melissa. She is so thoughtful and caring with her listening and responses. I really feel see and heard. She comes to each meeting with great ideas and helpful tools for me to use and research to help me on my path. I am so glad that we were matched and I have referred her to many others.
Written on May 02, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
Absolutely fantastic. Established a rapport quickly and easily. It always seems like she is invested in me and trying to understand me and my needs. Communicates well and reaches out often. Very easy to talk to and always sympathetic.
Written on May 02, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes