It takes a village to raise children and as a counselor, I am honored to be a resource for families during this journey. Whether your child is experiencing difficulties managing his or her emotions, has problems with impulsivity, is processing a traumatic event, has learning difficulties, or is experiencing difficulties processing a recent change, there are strategies that can help! I utilize a strengths based, person centered approach to counseling, meaning I strive to meet my clients where they are and encourage them to build on their natural abilities. I incorporate experiential techniques and creativity into sessions to help my clients feel comfortable to express themselves authentically.

I attained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am Board Certified and a Nationally Certified Clinician (NCC) and received a Certificate of Graduate Study in Play Therapy. I am one of the only Play Therapy specialists in the Lake Norman area trained to work with children under the age of twelve.  

As a graduate student, I grew an interest in working with pre-school and early school age children. This interest led me to complete a certificate in play therapy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a Board Certified Play Therapist, I have experience in working with preschool and early elementary age children by using their natural medium of communication: play. I also incorporate education and provide support to parents throughout the therapeutic process as well.

I believe counseling is a collaborative effort in which the client, his or her family, and the counselor will all devote time, energy, and courage into building a strong working alliance. Within this safe place, one is able to explore his or her thoughts, feelings, and reactions, increase self-acceptance, and practice new ways of interacting with others.

We work to make counseling affordable for all of our clients. I offer flexible appointment times, including late evening slots, to meet the needs of my clients! 

Melissa Switek

MA, NCC, LCMHC | 980.689.1694

Lake Norman Counselors