I received my Master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri. I am licensed in South Dakota with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I also have experience working through end of life issues, grief, and bereavement. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sex Addiction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
SD LCSW 3127
Melissa is wonderful. She listens to everything without making you feel judged. It was my first time in Therapy and she made the experience great.
Written on Jan 30, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Melissa finds a perfect balance between casual and clinical and finds a way to help no matter what the topic. Thanks Melissa !
Written on Dec 20, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Melissa listens to my needs and concerns. She gives me good feedback when I need it and helps me with ways to work through different situations in my day to day life.
Written on Nov 01, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Patient and kind therapist.
Written on Oct 17, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem
Melissa is a life saver! She is so good at listening to my concerns and then finding ways to help me with those concerns and work through them.
Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions
She is very helpful and listens to my concerns and things that cause me anxiety. She gives me tools to help assist and calm me down. She is very open to talk to!
Written on Oct 06, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes