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, Commitment Issues, 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, Midlife Crisis, 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, Workplace 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
This was my first time in therapy and Melissa made a very welcoming and comforting space to open up.
Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Melissa is absolutely fabulous! Kind, patient, insightful just to name a few. I highly recommend her as someone to work with and talk to through hard times. She is a fantastic therapist!
Written on Sep 19, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks
Melissa really listens to me. She let's me know my feelings are valid. She's a wonderful therapist.
Written on Aug 05, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief
On top of being a great therapist in my time of need, Melissa has been kind and patient since the day I started therapy. She is knowledgeable in the family matters I wanted to discuss and asks great questions. I would highly recommend her.
Written on Apr 22, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, parenting issues, and coping with life changes
I’ve only had one session so far, but I really like Melissa. She is easy to talk to and listens to what you have to say, isn’t pushy in anyway and asks the right questions. I would highly recommend Melissa
Written on Mar 28, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Always listens and gives advice and tools to help navigate everyday life!
Written on Mar 15, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes