I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and therapist in Washington State. I have been helping people through therapy and counseling support for 20 years; finding real solutions to life's problems. My expertise includes a strong base in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), attachment-based therapy, emotionally-focused therapy and psycho-dynamic therapy, all used in a way that is developed in my work with clients, in order to meet their needs. My approach is warm, engaging and supportive. I want to work with you on what is important to you, and I enjoy seeing my clients moving forward, developing skills and improving their lives. I can help you work through the stresses and noise of life, clarify your thoughts and deal with thinking issues, handle and work through emotions, and find new and better ways of managing life every day.
Some examples of people I have worked with often include (but are not limited to):
People with work stresses or making work/life transitions
Anyone who is experiencing stress or anxiety at work or at home
People who are overwhelmed and have negative thoughts
Dealing with trauma and traumatic events and their aftermath
Dealing with relationships
Emotional and attachment issues
Coping with breakups/separation/divorce (including managing the impact on your children)
Chronic pain and related issues
Senior Citizens dealing with loss, stress, health issues, life transitions
Helping people with various health diagnoses, for example diabetes, heart conditions, lung conditions, and helping them manage related stress and transition issues
Young adults and college students (18+) dealing with stress and problems
Parents with problems - including Step-parents, Adoptive parents, Foster parents, single parents.
Expectant and new mothers
Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Parents of children who have been sexually abused
It takes courage to reach out when you need help. I'm glad you are taking the first step. Contact me with any questions and I will be happy to answer them.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LICSW #LW60309138 (Expires: 2020-06-30)
Melissa is very professional and kind. She has helped from day one and every message since. Encouraging but truthful, helping to put a positive spin on the way to think about every situation. She messages back as soon as she can and I hear from her on and regular basis. She also sets up a day and time once a week that we can message back and forth in a constant conversation.
Melissa has been such a great help. I was in a really really dark place after my son's birth (traumatic with time in the NICU). She helped me work through my issues with the hospital stay, as well as with my other postpartum issues dealing with my husband and my loss of sense of identity. She helped me with some of my other life-long issues which include: anxiety, negative thinking, and comparing myself to others,. She really helped me change my life and I would recommend her to anyone!