A licensed professional counselor (LPC) is a mental health provider who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling and who has met all requirements set forth by the state licensure board to provide quality mental health care.
The second “C” (LPC“C”) denotes advanced clinical experience and knowledge as required by the state licensure board that allows for independent practice (meaning, without the need for supervision).
The “S” (LPCC-“S”) denotes advanced experience and knowledge in clinical supervision as required by the state licensure board that allows for supervision of LPCs and counselors-in-training.
A Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) is a mental health provider who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in art therapy and who has met the national standards from the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) to provide quality therapy and healing using media and the creative process.
A certified perinatal mental health provider (PMH-C) has met all the requirements and passed examination in order to become specialized in providing advanced treatment and services for mothers and fathers who experience struggles that occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child, as well as pregnancy loss and infertility struggles.
A certified dialectical behavior therapist (C-DBT) has met all training requirements in order to become specialized in providing advanced treatment and services rooted in this approach that emphasizes managing and regulating intense negative emotions, and is especially helpful for issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma, and substance use issues.
Melissa Hladek (pronouns: she/her) is an experienced licensed professional clinical counselor supervisor, board-certified art therapist, and certified specialist in perinatal mental health and dialectical behavior therapy who works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. Her specialty interests include girls’ and women’s issues, trauma, wellness and development, and integrating creativity and positive psychology into counseling practice. She uses treatment approaches that are evidenced-based and uniquely tailored to each client.
Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree in fine and performing arts from Youngstown State University, and her master’s degree in counseling and art therapy from Ursuline College. She is currently earning her doctorate degree at Walden University in counselor education and supervision.
Prior to private practice, Melissa worked with diverse clients in school settings and community mental health settings. Over the last 5 years, she has gained clinical experience in seeing individual clients, facilitating and co-facilitating women’s groups, and developing adolescent
groups, all of which have contributed to her love for using the creative arts to help and heal others. Melissa currently has advanced training in dialectical behavioral therapy and is certified in perinatal mental health.
Beyond clinical work, Melissa has also served as a clinical coordinator and faculty instructor at Ursuline College in the graduate Counseling and Art Therapy Program. She also served as the Mentorship Program Supervisor in the program for students and alumni.
Melissa’s approach to counseling is relational, behavioral, and grounded in strengths-based approaches because she believes that growth and healing are the result of connection, acceptance, and willingness. In addition to being a non-judgmental, compassionate listener, she integrates creativity, symbolism and metaphor, humor, psychoeducation, and advocacy into sessions.
Her strengths include: kindness, creativity, gratitude and compassion, personal and professional development, and self-reflection.