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Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Board-Certified Art Therapist

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Melissa Hladek, LPCC, ATR-BC

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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).

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.

Melissa Hladek (pronouns: she/her) is an experienced licensed professional clinical counselor and board-certified art therapist 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.

Read more about Melissa Hladek


  • Licensure & Certifications
  • Professional Affiliations & Memberships
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C)
  • Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
  • American Counseling Association
  • Ohio Counseling Association
  • American Art Therapy Association
  • Buckeye Art Therapy Association
  • Postpartum Support International

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