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Past traumas, anxiety, depression, feeling stuck, difficult or confusing transition -- these are all labels and struggles many of us identify with at some point, but they don't have to define us. None of us are immune to life's challenges and transitions. We also don't come with instructions on how to navigate these. Our healing journeys aren’t linear and they are always evolving, but we have to choose to do the work — to choose to move towards pain instead of away from it so we can release its power, to confront what isn’t or hasn’t been working for you, to acknowledge that change is a necessary part of life, to do the hard work of self-acceptance. It can feel vulnerable, because it is. But in our vulnerability, we discover truth, hope, authenticity, and connection. It’s in the space of connection where we heal.
I take a holistic approach, meaning I see each client as an individual and we will explore different avenues of healing together beyond just talk therapy (read more about what a holistic approach means on my blog here). We do the hard work, but together. Often times people will ask how I chose this field and because I believe in helpful transparency, I think its worth sharing that part of why I chose this work has to do with my own curiosity of the individual human condition, as well as my own experience in my personal mental health struggles from a young age. Therapy was and still is one of the tools that helped me cultivate self-awareness, believe in myself and find the vibrancy in life again. I have a strong passion for and experience working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, adjustment/transition, self-worth, college students and trauma survivors.
Choosing to go to therapy is one of the bravest, most rewarding things you can do for yourself. I believe the client-therapist relationship is the most important piece and that you, as the client, hold the wisdom to your healing & discovery. I simply help you uncover it. My style is supportive and compassionate, but direct. I look forward to connecting with you.
Melissa is a modern psychotherapist with a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health from the University of Georgia. She is also a 200 hour registered trauma-informed yoga teacher which she also uses in the therapeutic and integrative wellness capacity with those she works with. Her treatment approach is a blend of science and spirituality and is holistic in nature — meaning she works to integrate body, mind, brain, and human connection to foster healing. Her compassionate but direct approach allows her to work with a variety of clients, but she specializes in working with adults and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or panic attack symptoms (as directly related to trauma or not), feeling “stuck”, self-worth issues, and trauma survivors. In her free time, you can find her teaching yin yoga at Axis Yoga, spending quality time outside, with loved ones, traveling, reading, or re-defining what it means to be a cool cat lady.
Clinically, she has a strong passion for and experience working with:
college students/young adults
self esteem and worth issues
substance use issues
grief & loss
or those simply wanting to do their own heart + soul work..
Credentials: MSW, MPH, LCSWA, RYT200