Melissa is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the State of Florida (IMH20610). She attended Palm Beach Atlantic University where she completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Marriage and Family Therapy Studies (MFTS) Concentration. Additionally, she is certified in hypnotherapy and holds memberships with the American Counseling Association, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, and Central Florida Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida.
Melissa is a person-centered integrative therapist with experience in various mental health treatment settings as well as with a diverse clientele, helping individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. She is passionate about empowering others and tends to work with those seeking therapy for: anxiety, depression, trauma, self esteem, grief, divorce, chronic illness, sexuality, anger, time management, relationships, and more. She enjoys working with couples and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
As a therapist, she consistently aims to be in her client’s corner, striving to create a safe environment, provide compassion, and give support. Her focus is to listen and collaborate on client’s goals, incorporate her knowledge, and assist in getting to the deeper roots of the problem beyond mere symptoms. She believes that everyone has the tools to better their well-being; it sometimes just takes a few helping hands (and a creative space) to find them. While counseling with her, you will be able to understand the motivation behind your behavior and focus more on your hopes and dreams for the future in lieu of the things weighing you down.
As a Florida native, Melissa loves to get outdoors into nature and be on the water. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, listening to live music, cooking, and traveling.
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