Salina Mecham

(MSW, LCSW, LSUDC)

About Me

Hey there! My name is Salina Mecham. I attended the University of Utah and received a master's degree in social work and a certification in substance use treatment. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), and Domestic Violence Intervention Treatment Counselor (DVP). I am fully licensed in the state of Utah, and once I finish the reciprocity requirements, I will also be fully licensed in the state of Washington. I have worked with adults and adolescents, and enjoy all ages. I got my start in group homes for troubled youth. I can truly say that I have never felt more fulfillment in my life than when I was getting chairs thrown at my head, and called names that I can never repeat, because in those moments, I was present and doing what I could to help a person in pain.

I eventually moved on to work in a behavioral hospital where people came when they hit their limit and could no longer cope with living, or their mental health was affecting their ability to function in their lives. I am currently working in community health with a specialty in substance use disorders, domestic violence intervention treatment, problem gambling, and co-occurring disorders. I am working on getting trained in the Gottman method (couples counseling) and would eventually like to get certified as a sex therapist, since sexuality plays a large role in people's lives.

My preference is to utilize video sessions so that I can read the situation more clearly. I can, and do, use the phone, but will not use the live chat option because I have found that concepts and meanings tend to get lost because so many nonverbal queues are not seen. I also utilize the email option often, and return all emails sent to me within 48 hours. When time permits, I can open up special times for sessions if there is an emergency. I feel it is important for my clients to spend their week being aware of the things that happen around them, and how those things affect them, and to be prepared with those and other things they would like to address in their session. I also value honest feed back said to me in the moment. I can make adjustments in my approach if I know it isn't hitting where you need it to. Honesty and openness is so important in therapy and can add so much to the quality of your experience.

I tend to take an eclectic approach to counseling because one size does not fit all. I pull from CBT, ACT, DBT, REBT, and I am trained in, and use EMDR for trauma treatment. It is very important to me that I create a safe place for all my clients. Judgement has no place in my practice. I believe strongly in the golden rule and kindness, curiosity, validation, comfort, and safety are very important to me. No matter the issue, I am open and ready to help you navigate it in a way that can help keep you intact and moving forward.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #5006607-3501 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by I.Z. on Jun 09, 2020 after counseling with Salina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Salina has been extremely helpful during a really difficult time in my life. She’s a great listener, very supportive, kind, and understanding.

Written by B.E. on May 30, 2020 after counseling with Salina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

Still only 3 sessions in but feel like Salina is going to be a great help in my life.

Written by G.A. on May 02, 2020 after counseling with Salina for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Salina is so sensitive with my issues and concerns. I'm very glad I have her as my counsellor.

Written by M.A. on May 02, 2020 after counseling with Salina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Salina is lovely. I find comfort in the fact that she takes a relaxed approach with me. It makes me feel more comfortable to talk. I have only had one session, but have booked another with her as she is very nice and has given me tasks that I can set my mind to. I would recommend her to anyone I know.

Written by K.E. on Jan 15, 2020 after counseling with Salina for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Salina is amazing! She helped me through something I’d been struggling with for a long time. She listened intently, offered me real advice with solutions and guidance that I could practically apply to my life.

Written by T.E. on Nov 20, 2019 after counseling with Salina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

She is so sweet and listens very well!