Melissa Phares


About Me

My goal for our therapeutic relationship is to meet you where you are now, and offer a complete willingness to journey with you to the healthier place you want to be.

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with fifteen years of experience helping people create healthy change. I named my practice Many Paths Counseling because I feel there is more than one "right" way to feel better, find answers, heal from the past, and kindle hope for the future. Clients have said I am non-judgmental, genuine, patient, and focused. Helping people navigate substance abuse issues, either their own or a loved one's, is my passion. I love working with people who are in twelve step groups yet want additional support, and with those who feel that twelve step groups haven't been a good fit.

I also enjoy helping those dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship (dating, marital, sibling, parent/child) tension, survivors of domestic violence, and those coping with chronic disease. As a social worker, I am mindful of broader oppressive factors that may bear on a person's journey in counseling. I strive to provide an affirming and therapeutic experience to all. My primary modalities are Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. I welcome feedback, and I research and present alternatives to find what you feel will fit your needs.

I sincerely wish you well and hope you find the help you're looking for.


  • Addictions
  • Self esteem

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Relationship, Grief, Depression

Years of Experience: 14

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LICSW #LW 60726532 (Expires: 2018-07-31)


Written by N.A. on Mar 12, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, and trauma and abuse

I treasure Melissa's thoughtful, mindfulness-based approach. She is genuine, sharp, gentle, and insightful. She has truly helped me to heal. Thank you!!

Written by K.A. on Oct 05, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks

Melissa has been very supportive and non-judgemental. We haven't been chatting long but I feel I have made progress with her help. Looking forward to continuing to work with her.

Written by J.A. on Aug 12, 2017 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks

Melissa quickly understood the roots of my challenges. She listened, asked for clarification,and proposed concrete next steps. Very glad I tried this form of counseling.