My name is Melissa Sonthonax and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I graduated with a Masters in Psychology in 2014 and began working with clients whom suffer from various mental health issues.
I have six years of experience in the mental health field. I also have experience working with individuals who specifically struggle with general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, low self esteem, friendship issues, life transitions and other everyday issues.
My approach towards therapy is to work with each individual to develop a sense of strength to work through their individual issues and see that they can develop a sense of happiness. I also work with individuals to create healthy goals in order to best help each person adapt to daily life. My passion is to help clients work on outer behaviors that help build confidence within themselves.
I understand that each person has their own unique situations, therefore each person will be provided with individual plans of action to help you get back to the place that you desire to be. Each individual can expect to be provided with a comfortable environment where they can share their thoughts/views about their circumstances and be guided, with the help of myself, to work through their circumstances.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Depression, Coaching, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
FL LMHC MH15970
Melissa is kind, caring, and supportive. She uses great practical tools to help me feel better and improve my life. I’ve worked through a variety of personal tragedies with her and she’s been amazing. I highly recommend her.
Written on Aug 11, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief
From my very first session with Melissa I felt comfortable and confident! She listens intently and asks probing questions that truly allow you to reflect and think in order to work through challenges, fears, and circumstances! I look forward to our weekly sessions where Melissa is always accommodating when I need a phone call versus video!
Written on Mar 29, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd
Melissa has been really great so far. She does an exceptional job listening and taking in the things I say before responding and providing guidance, insight, etc. Melissa is also incredibly kind and supportive.
Written on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Melissa is exactly the therapist I need at this point in my life. She is extremely relatable, kind, empathetic, and helpful. She lets me lead when I have things to share and can ask questions to get me to process through things. She leaves me with things to consider or think through between sessions and checks in with messages. I am very grateful for her assistance as I work through some major life changes.
Written on Jun 24, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes
Melissa is very kind, offers suggestions in a gentle manner and is a great listener. She is a great fit for me and my challenges.
Written on Mar 02, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes
I am so grateful I got to work with Melissa. She truly helped me feel confident and capable in every aspect of my life and to take on whatever comes my way. It has been amazing to have someone who understands my issues and who helps me express my feelings and process them while being so kind and compassionate. I cannot praise her enough, highly recommend.
Written on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief