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.
I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, & Cigna and will also bill out of network for you. 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!
Contact Melissa directly for more information regarding her services and availability!
MA, NCC, LPCA
Lake Norman Counselors