Melissa Slusher

(MSW, CSW)
Therapist Melissa  Slusher Photo

About Me

Hello, my name is Melissa and I am an MSW and LCSW, with more than 15 years in the mental health field. I graduated with honors in 2005 from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 2009, I obtained a master's degree in social work from Indiana-Purdue University. I received my clinical social work license from the state of Indiana in 2011 and then from the state of Colorado in 2015 after I traded in cornfields for mountains. Over the last 15 years I've been lucky enough to work with a lot of different populations in many different settings. I sort of feel like I've done it all, like if the mental health field was a menu I've ordered almost everything on it. I hope that means that I bring many years of well-rounded experience to the table.

A famous author once said, “The most important things are the hardest to say… because words diminish them. Words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.” That’s why I’m so glad you’re here. Therapy and talking to someone about your fears and anxieties and other things you’re going through can be really helpful. Those thoughts and feelings that seem really overwhelming? You may realize they are actually pretty tiny when we bring them into the light and take an honest look. Or maybe they’re not. Maybe they’re as big as you thought they might be. And, we can do something about those, too.

My therapy style is a relaxed mix of CBT (thinking about thinking), DBT, solution-focused, and motivational dialogue. But, maybe the most important thing to know up front is that therapy and therapists are not a ‘one size fits all’. If we talk and you decide I’m not quite what you need, that is absolutely okay because you are the most important part of this process. You are the driver. This is your time to get to know yourself better in a safe and confidential space so that you can live a life that feels like it’s really yours. I’m really glad you’re here.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #CSW.09923913 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

Written by A.S. on Sep 21, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Melissa is an amazing counselor and i am so glad we were pared with each other

Written by H.A. on Jun 15, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Love this process and love my counselor, Melissa!

Written by C.H. on Mar 31, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Melissa is really helping me work through my confidence issues. She is so easy to talk to, I look forward to our live sessions because I always feel better after talking it out.

Written by S.T. on Mar 19, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and anger management

Melissa has been such a great help to me so far in my therapy experience. Melissa has an amazing way of getting me to think differently and getting me to realize I knew the answers all along. She has been a great guide and really listens. She tries to understand where I'm coming from and lets me know I'm not alone and others have the same issues. You are in good hands with Melissa. I can't thank her enough for the help she gives me.

Written by A.N. on Mar 08, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Melissa is perfect for my needs.

Written by N.I. on Mar 06, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and adhd

Melissa has been a tremendous help. In a short period of time, she was able to assist me in articulating key triggers and help me work through dealing with the issue at hand. She is an incredible listener, offering safe space for any thought, and advises according. I highly recommend her.

Written by J.E. on Feb 14, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and adhd

Melissa is compassionate and truly wants to find a treatment plan that is helpful for you and your goals.

Written by V.I. on Feb 05, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Melissa is so thoughtful and considerate. We've been talking for over a month now and I'm just so glad she's my therapist. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone.

Written by K.Y. on Jan 11, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Melissa is kind and compassionate, she responds quick and is really helpful in our interactions

Written by A.U. on Dec 19, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, lgbt, grief, and compassion fatigue

Melissa has good boundaries and great reflective listening skills. She is helping me to build resilience in ways which respect my process and help me feel at ease.

Written by K.H. on Dec 16, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I find Melissa's focus on CBT therapy compatible with what I'm finding helpful about therapy, especially as this is my first official time talking to my own therapist. She has provided me with ways to check myself for unhelpful thought processes to trace the root of why I think the way I do. She's great at checking in and really makes an effort (despite how finicky WiFis get) to connect at our designated video times, which I really appreciate.

Written by K.Y. on Nov 04, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Melissa is very friendly, and you can tell she's really listening to what you have to say, and is giving you her full attention without judgement.

Written by H.A. on Nov 03, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've really enjoyed the time I spend with Melissa. It is important for me to have a therapist that makes me feel like I'm talking to a friend. It helps me feel comfortable and safe to open up, which I have definitely felt around Melissa. I would 100% recommend her to a friend.

Written by S.A. on Aug 03, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning eating disorders, and self esteem

She’s amazing

Written by J.O. on Jul 04, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I have had counselling before and always came out of it more upset than when I came in. Melissa has such a wonderful positive attitude that I always feel better after speaking to her. She is so friendly and easy to talk to and always has a good way of explaining and understanding my thought processes. She has given me wonderful tips and resources to help me improve my anxiety and anyone who gets the chance to have her as a counsellor will be very lucky.

Written by B.I. on Jun 19, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She knows what she's talking about. She isn't afraid to be frank with me about my issues, but at the same time delivers them in a way that is considerate of my feelings. Everything she's said so far has been incredibly helpful and insightful and I'm excited to go through this journey with her!

Written by M.I. on Jun 02, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Melissa is incredibly understanding and approachable. She has a very holistic way of approaching concerns and issues and is very easy to talk to. I'd recommend her to anyone.