Psychotherapist and Consultant in Seattle

About Melissa

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I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Washington (#LW00004211). I received my Bachelors degree in sociology at Kenyon College in Ohio and my Masters degree in social work at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in Pennsylvania. After graduate school, I worked in community mental health specializing in children and adults, who are deaf and hard of hearing. Since I have been in private practice, I have contracted with various agencies that serve this population including Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) and Hearing Speech and Deafness Center, Parent Infant Program (HSDC, PIP).

My additional trainings and experience have involved working with families and addiction, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Interpersonal Neurobiology and working with parents of multiples. I have experience facilitating groups in the outdoors and on a ropes course, facilitating parenting groups, co-facilitating recovery groups, and co-facilitating mentorships groups for new Social Workers in the field.

I came to this work by way of teaching deaf children in the classroom. My stronger interest in the parent-child relationships at home and the child’s self- esteem lead me to working in the field of clinical social work. My experiences in my long term marriage and parenting, my love for the outdoors and my commitment to my own personal growth and self-care inform my work greatly.