Melissa has been working in behavioral health since 2010. She began working in admissions at the Family Institute at Northwestern University, which led her to continue her education in psychology. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver in 2013. Her past experiences include jail-based diagnostic setting, in the field victim services, outpatient group, and individual behavioral health, and Intensive Outpatient setting for substance abuse, as well as disordered eating. She also completed a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Colorado – October 2016 & Texas – October 2017), Licensed Addiction Counselor (Colorado – May 2016), Licensed Chemical Dependence Counselor (Texas – July 2017), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (May 2020). She has completed additional training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Clinical Supervision, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Additional therapeutic methods include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She uses a strength-based and integrative approach to empower my clients.
Patients have shared that Melissa’s warm, supportive, and collaborative approach allows them to feel at ease immediately.
She was drawn to becoming a therapist through her love for relationships and a deep desire to understand emotional processes and healing. Her goal is to serve her patients and truly make a difference walking beside and assisting in the navigation of life challenges as clients find wholeness for themselves.
She is a true mid-west girl, but has fallen in love with the Texas people and warm winters! She enjoys spending time with family and traveling – both of which have been even more important as a new mom.