Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is currently pursuing further education to become an LPC - Supervisor for intern level therapists. Melissa has worked with both teens and adults in inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient settings. She worked for Glen Oaks Hospital in Greenville, Texas where she managed the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program as well as Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas, Texas as a therapist in the Trauma Program. Melissa specializes in treating anxiety based disorders, sexual, emotional, and physical trauma, substance abuse, depression and obsessive thoughts. She also has extensive knowledge and experience working with dissociative disorders including Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personalities) as well as personality disorders. Melissa is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which has been proven to treat a multitude of different concerns. She is trained to treat couples and utilizes her training in the Gottman Method to provide couples specific interventions to improve communication and reduce resentments.
Melissa attended graduate school at Texas A&M Commerce and was a member of Chi Sigma Iota in college which is a Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society. She is also involved with the Texas and American Counseling Associations. Counseling is a second career for Melissa as she previously worked with the Dallas Police Department as an Intelligence Research Specialist after getting an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. She then took time off to stay at home with her children. She is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do instructor and taught and managed a black belt school for several years before deciding to go back to school in 2010 to get a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Melissa says she is comfortable treating almost any disorder and enjoys a challenge.
Melissa is a member of The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDR Approved Consultant providing consultation, supervision, and ongoing education to other EMDR trained therapists.
Melissa is a facilitator for the Caruth Police Institute which provides leadership courses for North Texas law enforcement and public safety related agencies throughout the DFW Metroplex. She presented at the 4th Annual Women of Law Enforcement Conference. She provides education on topics such as Critical Incident Stress Management and Work/Life Balance.