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.