She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lewis University with a concentration in Children and Adolescents. Melissa has experience working with children, at-risk youth, adults, LGBTQ and families in settings including inpatient and community mental health services. Melissa has supported clients and families experiencing mental health and behavioral challenges by providing a warm and empathic approach. Melissa has provided psychoeducation and facilitated group therapy sessions on depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based and Client Centered.
Melissa values the importance of deep connection and assisting clients in exploring issues, gaining self-awareness and developing the skills to overcome life challenges. Melissa believes all clients have innate strengths and therapy offers the space for clients to achieve their full potential.
Melissa believes children and teens of all abilities, experiences and backgrounds deserve access to a holistic counselor. She values advocacy and is a founding member of the chapter at Lewis University Counselors for Social Justice. Melissa has also received a Culture of Philanthropy Award for her efforts in inspiring others to perform at their best.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys scrapbooking, adult-coloring, and improving her hair and makeup skills by watching YouTube tutorials. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching action and adventure movies with her husband.
I support people in finding their strengths, building on them, and finding balance and contentment in the emotional, relational, physical, cognitive, and spiritual components of their life. I seek to create a safe and respectful environment for individuals and couples to nurture growth and healing.
I uphold the autonomy within those seeking help. I gently challenge them to courageously face life’s invariable disappointments outside the therapy room and to embrace opportunities to encourage others in their life journey.