Hello, I am Melissa Upton.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi. I am also a National Certified Counselor with NBCC. I received my Master's and Specialist's Degree from Mississippi State University in School Counseling. I have 14 years of experience in school counseling and 25 years of experience in the public school system in Mississippi. I have worked with adolescents for 25 years. I am looking to broaden my horizon and begin a new phase in my life with more one-on-one counseling. I have observed in the past 25 years, the need for counselors in everyone’s life.
I have worked with students in anger management, depression, coping skills, anxiety, relationship issues and ADHD, as well as academic and career planning in the school setting. I am looking forward to working with different age groups to provide counseling services in these areas and possibly more.
My therapy style is client-centered and cognitive behavioral. I use the RIASEC model, John Holland's career inventory model when providing academic/career counseling. I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. I believe counseling should provide a place to be yourself and work through conflicts that come with everyday life.
We all need to practice “self-help” more than we do. Talking to a counselor is one approach towards helping yourself live a happy and balanced life.
If you are ready to begin the “self-help” process and begin to have a more fulfilling and balanced life, I am here to support you and help to begin that journey.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Blended Family Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Self-Harm, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MS LPC 1196
Very good at what she does. Respectful of my time and offers me a variety of ways to utilize therapy. Would recommend 10/10
Written on Jun 13, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Melissa was so nice she sent me worksheets for things I’m dealing with as well as quick to respond and keep a check on you between appointments.
Written on May 07, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
She’s great and I love that she offers faith based options.
Written on Apr 07, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
She was great the previous guy was awful
Written on Feb 24, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
Having Melissa as a therapist has restored my faith in mental “help” for mental health. She makes me feel like I make a difference and that I’m a valuable human being. I feel I’ve made progress and that I’m not just at a stand still like with previous therapy experiences. I owe all my thanks to Melissa.
Written on Aug 06, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Melissa is one of the best therapist I have. She is very relatable and gives me amazing reminders and encouragement as I have conflicting times in my life.
Written on Aug 05, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem