Hello. I am a licensed therapist in Pennsylvania with over 23 years of experience. I have worked in a variety of settings with children, teens, and adults to manage a number of concerns including; depression, anxiety, grief and loss, family and relationship issues, attention and concentration (ADHD) and overcoming traumas. I have been blessed with a very rewarding career that I truly enjoy and continue to grow and educate myself so that I may better help others.
Over the years I have learned everyone is capable of change and personal growth if given the support needed to identify their individual strengths and abilities. I also believe that each person is unique and deserves a therapy style/type that best fits their situation and goals. I have experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and The Humanistic Approach though I am very flexible so that I can tailor my approach to meet your specific needs. I am a very compassionate and non-judgmental person and have been told many times that I am very approachable and easy to talk to. I will always welcome your feedback and hope you will be open about what is most comfortable for you.
Asking for help truly takes courage and I am so glad you have taken this first step! Change can be scary and I know this isn't an easy process, but I will be there to support and encourage you through your journey of personal growth.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Codependency, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Jealousy, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
PA LPC PC002669
I was apprehensive about talk therapy after having some of the hardest months of my life. But I came across a Betterhelp advertisement on Facebook and decided to give it a try. Once I finally found Melissa she has been great! She's very personable and seems to get me. She listens and offers advice and helps to set small goals each week. I'm really surprised at how easily I connected with her and pleased that the app gives us a way to check in whenever needed. I'm hopeful, and grateful for the help.
Written on Jul 01, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
Melissa is very caring and compassionate and makes you feel supported while also lovingly giving suggestions/ perspectives that are helpful on how you can navigate situations differently. Very helpful and supportive.
Written on Jun 23, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management
Definitely the best therapist I’ve had so far! So easy to talk to and very understanding! She’s awesome!
Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and eating disorders
Melissa is very supportive and helpful. I have a crazy life, and a crazy schedule. Better help just works better for me.
Written on Dec 26, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
Melissa makes an effort to provide fast feedback and convenient time slots. She has been incredibly helpful in spotting ways to break down where a tweak in a problem might help you to get where you envision yourself to be. Her expertise and background is nothing to sniff at either, so if you're willing to put in the effort, so will Melissa.
Written on Aug 30, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Written on Aug 17, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem