Melanie has over 15 years of clinical experience working with children, youth, and families. She graduated from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work with a focus on mental health and family therapy, and she is a certified Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapy. Melanie works with adults and children of all ages, toddlers through teens. Her previous experience includes working as a Director of Counseling at a local non-profit where she supervised teams of therapists in both office and school-based settings. Her clinical specialties include trauma, stress and anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and loss, and relationship issues. Melanie is especially interested in helping new mothers and fathers with their transition into parenthood and helping mental health providers navigate the unique difficulties they face of taking care of self and others.
Melanie believes every individual is capable of change and that clients bring wisdom, insight, and a unique set of strengths into each session. Melanie views therapy as an opportunity to build on what’s already working and the chance to cultivate solutions and new coping strategies. Her practice is collaborative, trauma-informed, and evidenced-based. In every session she uses client feedback to adjust her approach and strengthen the therapeutic relationship. Melanie provides a calm, accepting, and compassionate space and understands the importance of meeting clients exactly where they are. In therapy, she draws on aspects of mindfulness and meditation, creativity and humor. Melanie's experience with children and play-based therapy has enhanced her practice with adults, making her approach more creative, more genuine, and more thoughtful overall.