Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
• Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Sand Tray
• Play Therapy
• Dialectal Behavior Therapy Skills
• Anxiety Disorders
• Mood Disorders
• ADHD & Impulsivity
• School Stressors
• Parenting Issues
• Grief & Loss
• Life Transitions
• Work-Life Balance
Seek professional help before your problems in your life become unmanageable and intolerable. Find the peace you deserve.
Message from Melanie
When starting therapy with a new client I find it extremely valuable to establish a solid foundation built with trust, respect, empathy, and compassion. I understand the vulnerabilities one may experience in therapy, which is why I strive to provide a safe space for individuals to authentically explore their emotions.
My approach is centered on helping individuals address current areas of life stress and develop effective coping mechanisms. I provide support and guidance while utilizing a blend of evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) techniques.
Creating a secure and encouraging environment during your child’s therapy is imperative to their success. Children learn best through hands-on experiences which is why I provide interventions such as play therapy, sand tray, role play, storytelling, and creative arts activities. In addition to the more expressive interventions, I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help a child work though challenging life stressors by learning how to recognize and change their negative thoughts, feelings, and actions.
The National Council for Behavioral Health reports more than two thirds of Americans have experienced some type of trauma in their lives. Traumatic events can include physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, community or school violence, sudden loss of a loved one, domestic violence, neglect, and serious accidents. This overwhelming statistic solidifies the need for therapists who understand trauma and know how to effectively treat trauma survivors. Applying principles from Trauma-Focused CBT, I am able to address complex trauma and assist survivors in working towards recovery.
The pressure our teenagers face within our society is daunting. Stress can be caused by academics, fears about future plans, peer issues, challenging family dynamics, unrealistic expectations fueled by the media, and constant pressure associated with social media. In working with adolescents, I have learned it is essential to create a strong connection where they feel seen and heard. Doing so leads to increased comfort in therapy and the ability to explore and process through difficult events.
Breakdowns or strains within family structure and dynamics impact each member of the family. As an experienced family therapist, I will work together with you and your family to address any problem areas and work towards the goal of achieving increased understanding, acceptance, and positive functioning.
• Pursuing Trauma-Focused CBT Certification
• Pursuing Emotion Focused Family Therapy Certification
• 9+ years of Clinical Experience
Melanie predominately works with children and adolescents. She also has extensive experience working with young adults and families. She has specialized training in trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, adjustment issues, behavior disorders, suicidality, and self-injurious behaviors.
Melanie is accepting new clients.