I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary. I have had the opportunity to work in and gain knowledge from a diverse collection of settings that include elementary, middle and high school, hospital chaplaincy department, private practice and private agency working with families in the child welfare system. Each of these settings have provided me with hands on experience working with individuals and families in crisis, as well as those who are faced with navigating some of life’s challenges such as divorce, loss, and addiction.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I love a systems approach, understanding that we do not exist in a vacuum, but rather are part of larger systems. I take a non-judgmental, warm approach to therapy and I believe in tailoring my therapy towards my clients individual needs. Together we will establish goals and design a path towards a healthier way of being. I draw from a multitude of therapeutic techniques that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy.
The first step towards seeking help is often the most difficult. I am excited that you are here and look forward to taking this journey along side you.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Blended Family Issues, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Family Problems
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
IN LMFT 35001945A
Melissa is the absolute best. She’s a trusted counseling and I feel so much gratitude that I found her.
Written on Feb 15, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties
Melissa is brilliant, I am so glad I found her. She has helped me significantly with the loss of my husband. She has given me so much insight and helped me to grow and find gratitude in life after a devastating loss.
Written on Mar 23, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes
Melissa is great! I've been working with her for 2 years now and she has changed my life for the better :)
Written on Dec 13, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Therapy newbie here, and so grateful for finding Melissa. She holds an utterly non-judgemental space wide open for you to process however you are showing up that day. Whether working through long-held patterns and gently excavating their genesis, or showing up in acutely fragile moments, Melissa gracefully and thoughtfully meets you where you are for that moment. I don’t feel alone or helpless in approaching the personal work I need and want to do - and I am incredibly grateful for that.
Written on Dec 02, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Melissa is great at helping me look at my issues from a different perspective, offers tools for problem solving and resources for me to dive further into issues I am concerned about further.
Written on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Melissa is kind and insightful, and creates a space where I always feel safe and supported. Every session we've had has been invaluable and has helped me better understand myself and meet my personal goals. I am so happy that I was matched with her.
Written on Sep 02, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety