I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 9 years of experience. I specialize in work with people who have experienced trauma, anxiety and depression. I also have significant experience in working with people who might be struggling with parenting concerns, relationship issues or family concerns.
My counseling style is to approach each person with wonder, respect and acceptance. I provide a nonjudgmental and culturally aware perspective. Although I am not a person of color, I have unique life and work experiences that allow me to have knowledge and understanding of communities of color. I utilize reflection and a person-centered approach as the basis of my practice and may use techniques from cognitive behavioral, strengths-based and humanistic modalities. I want my help to be what you need and will work with you to individualize your treatment to fit your unique needs.
I know it is not easy to ask for help and it takes courage to advocate for yourself. You have already taken the first step and I am here to help with the next one.
I truly feel it is a privilege to be allowed on the journey with you and I look forward to working together!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Grief, Anger management, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MN LPCC 01384
Melissa is amazing. She has helped me grow into a person that I am proud of. She is a great listener, free of judgement, and always supports me. I feel with Melissa's help I now have the tools to be introspective, self aware, and happier overall.
Written on Jun 06, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and coping with life changes
I really like talking to Melissa and I am truly grateful for everything she taught me. She helped me realize where my anxiety cam from and tried different ways to help me. She was patience and understanding and I really appreciate that. She is a great listener and go to connect my thoughts even with my difficulty in expressing myself. Thank you Melissa.
Written on Nov 23, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and adhd
Melissa is amazing! I know she has many clients, but she is wonderful at remembering all of the ins and outs of what we’ve talked about. She doesn’t make it “feel” like a therapy session, but more so like an unbiased opinion that is trustworthy like a friend to talk you through your emotions/situation.
Written on Dec 14, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties
Melissa is wonderful. She has a very calming and understanding approach that she uses to make patients feel reassured and at ease. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who feels like they need to be heard and understood.
Written on Dec 04, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, and adhd
Melissa is very understanding, supportive, non-judgmental, and compassionate. I feel very comfortable coming to her with my problems and know she will listen and make me look at things a different way. I really appreciate her.
Written on Aug 02, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and coping with life changes
Melissa has been a very good listener,very kind and supportive and she has provided me a safe space to talk about things that bother me.
Written on Jul 16, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management