Hi and thank you both for having the courage to take this first step.
Life is a journey. Through my passion to empower you relationship, I will help move you on a path forward in life. I will guide you both through discovering your strengths and self-awareness to bring you clarity and direction. I am open-minded and create an environment that promotes healing and transformation.
I was born and raised in upstate New York. Completed my bachelors in exercise science from Ithaca College and a masters in social work from University of South Florida. I am a licensed clinical social worker, LCSW, in the state of Florida. I have over 7 years clinical experience and the owner of a private practice.
I specialize in trauma, PTSD, anger management, depression, coping skills, relationships, self-esteem, behavior issues, couples, stress, life transitions, and grief. My integrative therapeutic approach utilizes trauma focused, cognitive behavior, and mindfulness techniques. These approaches are briefly described as: trauma informed care (TIC) is about safety, transparency, trustworthiness, voice, choice, and empowerment; cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is about the connection of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how they affect our daily lives; mindfulness based (MBCT) is being accepted and aware of yourself. Other types of evidenced based techniques I incorporate are strength based, solution focused, family systems, holistic, client centered and culturally sensitive.
I look forward to helping you grow and move you forward into the next chapter in your life. Let’s get started!
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Anger management
- Self esteem
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Communication Problems , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Posttraumatic Stress , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #SW15618 (Expires: 2021-03-01)
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Melissa is everything I could have asked for in a mental health provider and more. Me and my boyfriend have been doing counseling with her and are extremely satisfied. She listens, understands, and makes us feel like we’re not alone in any struggle we may be facing. This is the first time I’ve done counseling and I was very nervous but she put my mind at ease in the first few minutes of our first session. I HIGHLY recommend Melissa!