Melissa has an honest, trauma-informed, and understanding approach when it comes to helping others. She believes that a strength-based, collaborative approach is the best way to build trust and accomplish goals.
Melissa earned a master’s degree in psychology from UW-Milwaukee and is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical substance abuse counselor. She previously worked as an outpatient therapist at a women’s outpatient substance use treatment facility in Milwaukee, and also at a private practice clinic in Oak Creek, Wis. She specializes in addiction, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, stress management, domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, women issues, life transitions, relationship issues, loss and grief, and self-esteem issues. She utilizes skills from multiple treatment modalities, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Family-Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
- B.S. — Psychology and Criminal Justice, Carroll University
- M.S.W. — Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Main responsibilities at Carthage
Melissa provides short-term solution-focused counseling to students seeking help for various mental health and wellness concerns. Melissa is a confidential resource for students.
Favorite thing about working at Carthage
Melissa most enjoys Carthage’s holistic community approach to wellness and finds joy in being able to provide support to students. She also likes being serenaded by the geese on her walk into the office.