Melissa sees individuals and adolescents 10 years and older. She will address emotional, mental health as well as behavioral and parenting.
Melissa has worked in the health field for over 26 years. Through her experiences there and in her personal life, she decided to shift her focus to mental health. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science from Idaho State University and a Masters, MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. Melissa is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is licensed to practice in the state of Arizona.
A good therapeutic relationship is vital to making strides, having increased success in treatment, and feeling heard, understood, and accepted. Melissa recognizes the great privilege it is to sit with her clients during difficult times and loves watching their growth toward their treatment goals. You will find that Melissa is genuine, easy to talk with, and enjoys people. Her clients have often expressed how easy and comfortable it is to open up to her even in the most difficult situation. Through her experiences of working with women and young adult groups, being a mom of four, and growing up in a large family she has developed a gift of connecting with others and is passionate about working alongside her clients making sure they feel safe, supported, and gain self-worth.
Her counseling approach is holistic, keeping each client’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs (when appropriate) into consideration throughout treatment. Some of her treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Melissa enjoys working with children and adolescents (9 and older), individuals, first responders, adults experiencing life adjustments, depression, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and self-harm.
Melissa has been married for 28 years and has four children, ages 14-24. Melissa enjoys hiking, traveling, eating food from different cultures, going to the movies, and hanging out with her family.