I have been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) for 20+ years working in mental health and primary care settings with focus populations of adults (18 and over), families, couples, women, elderly, veterans experiencing readjustment difficulties with relationships, traumatic events, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger, irritability, stress, sleep, grief, loss and caregiving concerns.
Deciding to pursue therapy services may possibly be outside your comfort zone. However, you will find that the priority of investing in yourself, your own well-being will be the greatest long-term gift ever. Prioritizing your mental wellness will allow you to live the life you have envisioned for yourself. I believe that my client-centered therapeutic approach of starting where you feel most comfortable in a HIPAA compliant, safe, warm, understanding and nonjudgmental environment offers you opportunity for healing.
I look forward to the opportunity of walking with you on the healing path you choose that help you set and achieve goals, identify and learn to tolerate emotions, and gain new perspectives and insight.
FYI: Effective July 16, 2022, Crisis Line #: 988
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Coaching, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Military and Veterans Issues, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
WV LICSW DP00812164
Melissa is great!! She’s very knowledgeable but it doesn’t feel like therapy with her. It feels like talking to an old friend that’s full of great advice! She not only makes you feel heard but she also makes you feel like someone else cares about you.
Written on Aug 28, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and self esteem
She has been nothing but supportive in getting me the help that I need. She's open minded about the struggles I've been going through. She's always punctual with the sessions. All and all a fantastic therapist. 10/10
Written on Jun 13, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
She is an amazing therapist who always listens. She always goes above and beyond to find ways to help!
Written on Jun 05, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
She's understanding, not narrow-minded at all. I didn't want a real religious therapist that would be narrow minded. She understands what I'm going through and is easy to talk to. She's got a good sense of humor. She doesn't talk down to me at all. Just feel real comfortable sharing everything with her
Written on Apr 07, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Melissa is a capable and kind person who understood me. She helped me set goals and then we tracked my progress to success. I especially liked how she was a great outside viewpoint who could see things clearer than I did and gave me the clarity I needed. Thank you so much to her.
Written on Oct 07, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
Melissa is open, accepting, and friendly. She makes the room feel comfortable and makes it easy to be open and honest
Written on Aug 24, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and bipolar disorder