Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut and I have been working in the field of addiction and mental health treatment since 2008. I am also a certified nutrition coach which allows me to combine my clinical experience with my passion for health and wellness. I want to help others navigate through the chaos of life by teaching them how to prioritize their own mental health and physical well-being so they can feel their best and most productive. My practice focuses on building a healthy foundation of “self”, using a strength based and solution focused approach to help minimize the feeling of “struggling” and identify what is possible to change to achieve growth. I work to provide personalized, individual plans for my clients that allow for flexibility in their busy lives and will lead to overall success and sustainability.
I believe my professional and personal experience, genuine personality, and skills provide support and education to individuals in a safe and caring setting. I have a lot of experience specifically working with mothers and fathers looking to re-create their personal identity within their family unit. I am all about establishing healthy habits and routines creating balance. I would like to see individuals feeling empowered and work to decrease feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety by improving their health and overall happiness.
Change can be hard but I am here to help you through this journey!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
CT LPC 002049
Melissa is wonderful and knowledgable, I always feel a path under my feet after every weekly session!
Written on May 15, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Working with Melissa has been great! She’s empathetic, can be flexible with her schedule, and always tries to have a optimistic take on things.
My favorite part of our sessions is that she helps me focus on some of my goals for the coming week and getting clear on that.
Written on Jun 14, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Melissa is a god send. She’s helped me through some of the hardest transitions and situations in my adult life and continues to gently guide me in the right direction without overwhelming me. She innately understands my needs and I would recommend her counseling to anyone looking to heal and live a happy, well-rounded life!
Written on May 23, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Melissa has a great personality, really listens to her patient's concerns and needs. I requested for her to challenge me and she does that! I value that she messages me during the week whether it's to remind me of my goals or keep me accountable. I also value that she doesn't just listen in our sessions, but provides the feedback I need to hear, even if I don't want to hear it. I highly recommend Melissa :)
Written on Apr 04, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Melissa is extremely supportive and a good listener. She helps me plan out goals and talk through any issues that I am experiencing. We discuss a large variety of topics - relationships, work/career struggles, diet/nutrition, fitness goals, general happiness, among others. I would highly recommend her to others. She is knowledgeable, friendly, open minded, and overall just a wonderful person.
Written on Feb 10, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Melissa has been a huge help for me with my family, personal, and work relationships and troubles. I am usually on the shy side and take a while to truly open up, but she made me feel comfortable and safe and I truly look forward to our sessions together. She has made such a positive impact on my life and highly recommend.
Written on Dec 27, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd