Hello and congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your life! It can be unnerving to reach out to a stranger for assistance, knowing you may feel vulnerable in the process. I understand that! It is my goal to create a safe and supportive place for you to express your thoughts and feelings, and where we can work together to assist you in reaching your goals.
I have over eighteen years experience working with people who are concerned about a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, relationship issues, trauma and abuse issues, self-esteem issues, boundary issues, religious and crisis-of-faith issues and numerous other concerns. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University and a Master’s degree from Liberty University. I am licensed in the State of Idaho. I tend to use Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment (ACT) counseling approaches most frequently, but I believe that no one counseling approach is appropriate for every person, so I will always strive to meet you where you are and assist you within a framework that best meets your needs. My style is warm, practical and down-to-earth.
If you feel I might be able to assist you in reaching your personal goals, please reach out! I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and to provide support as you journey towards those goals!
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
ID LCPC LCPC-5144
Melissa has great advice and is a great listener. I appreciate her time in helping me access what is happening and ways to get through the stress and anxiety.
Written on Apr 18, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Melissa has been great at growing and building skills I need to better navigate my emotions, stressors in life, and improve my marriage.
Written on Jan 26, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Melissa is awesome. She checks in on me and let's me know she is always there. She listens and understands what my stressors are and gives me a better understanding of my own thoughts. I'm glad she is in my corner!
Written on Nov 19, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
This is a wonderful way to receive counseling, especially in these busy times.
Written on Feb 24, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and adhd