About me

I've been working as a counselor for over 15 years. My primary areas of focus are disability issues, workplace issues, and military/veteran issues. I have experience with:
* Adjusting to a disability (recovering from accident, chronic pain, depression, unsure of what to do now)
* Coping with changes caused by a disability (career change, change of work tasks, use of reasonable accommodations)
* Workplace stress (conflicts with peers/supervisors, unhappy with career, etc)
* Readjusting to civilian life after military service (home and/or work, stress from working with the VA for help)
* Working through combat-related traumas

My approach to counseling is to help you find value and meaning in the experience as you navigate a way forward. We create a safe space for you to share your feelings. I like to provide an assignment between sessions for you to complete to help reinforce a new change or skill or to assign a writing exercise to help you explore your feelings, but these are not required. We'll work to figure out how you'll benefit the most from our time together.

I'm a liberal person who is comfortable working with people of all sexual orientations.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Cancer , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 16

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

MI LPC 6401013201


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melissa Kaekel. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Jan 23, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I love her, she is so kind and ask all the right questions and offers potential reasons why some things happen or how to go about different scenarios. I can tell she truly supports me and my path to healing and growth.

Written on Aug 28, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

This is my first experience with therapy and I am so happy I was matched with Melissa. She makes me feel comfortable, heard and validated and she’s been a huge help through the most difficult time in my life.

Written on Aug 22, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes

I like her and it has been a good match for me to have her as my there

Written on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning grief

Melissa has been the most supportive, encouraging, guiding, and truly best therapist I have ever worked with. I cannot express how much her work has helped me in my recovery

Written on May 24, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and sleeping disorders

Melissa has been fantastic for me, she's encouraged me and helped me through my recovery of a bad breakup. She's offered me a different perspective on things that is greatly appreciated. She's awesome!

Written on May 23, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

Shows compassion and empathy and support

Written on Apr 10, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and intimacy-related issues

Melissa is caring and supportive. She has helped me through the most challenging time in my life.

Written on Mar 23, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

She has been amazing & patient with me. Has always been prompt and helpful. Amazing experience.

Written on Feb 09, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Melissa is a great therapist and listener and is helping me face my obstacles. She is easy to talk to; she has constructive and supportive advice to keep me motivated and consistent in making good changes in my life. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to do some inner work.

Written on Jan 08, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Melissa Kaekel has been a great help. I was new to the whole therapy experience, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I felt like I was reaching a point where I couldn’t keep working through my thoughts and feelings by myself. But Melissa has been able to make so many recommendations about various things that I could change and do, that could help me with my life. Because of my experience with Melissa’s therapy, I have been recommending BetterHelp, and therapy in general, to everyone I meet.

Written on Dec 22, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and grief

I have been talking with Melissa for 3 weeks and she has been incredible in letting me work through my own thoughts and being incredibly supportive.

Written on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

I like working with Melissa. She is accommodating and light hearted. She respects my feelings and does not invalidate them. I like sharing with her. Thank you, Melissa for your time, effort and listening.

Written on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Melissa is awesome! She’s smart, patient and caring. I’m blessed to have had her on my side during a very difficult time. Thank you so much!

Written on Oct 23, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Melissa made me feel very safe and understood during our sessions. She provides a crucial objection view that I often don’t see and it’s helped me immensely. She’s also very kind and warm so I felt comfortable sharing my emotions with her.

Written on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and sleeping disorders

Melissa is so easy to chat with an open up to. She is such a great listener and really remembers the details. She gives very thoughtful answers and is helping me to navigate some challenges I am facing currently. I am so happy I signed up and that I was matched with her!

Written on Sep 05, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Melissa was so lovely! I was going through a very stressful transition in my life and she helped me to see my situation in a completely different and more positive light.
She gave me the tools to cope with my changing situation and was an excellent listener. I will definitely go back to her if I find myself in a difficult situation again; highly recommend :)

Written on Sep 05, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Melissa is very friendly and easy to talk to, she provides a variety of techniques that work well in the real world to help deal with issues and have more control in stressful situations. She was always quick to respond even while on vacation which I greatly appreciated!

Written on Sep 03, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 3 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and sleeping disorders

Amazing and really friendly

Written on Jul 06, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Melissa is very empathetic and intelligent. She really listens to your concerns and actively helps you find solutions. It feels like she is on your side the entire way through and she makes it easy to open up.

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