I am m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor with 15 years of experience. I have been working in mental health since 2003 after earning my Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University in Consumer and Family Studies. I began my career working specifically with children and adolescents. I worked as a case manager providing wrap around services within the school system and in homes with families. Later I began working in an intensive day treatment program. Many of the youth I worked with struggled with severe behavioral issues, mood disorders, and substance abuse issues. In 2007 I received my Master's Degree in Social Work from Indiana University with a specialization in mental health and addictions. After earning my MSW I began to facilitate an Intensive Outpatient Program and aftercare services with a focus in addictions. I then began to work in crisis management and triage assessment for individuals with mental health and/or addictions issues in the VA system. I worked at the VA as an outpatient mental health therapist or social worker for over 12 years. I founded M. & S. Counseling Services in 2011 and have provided therapy for individuals in this private practice setting since its opening. With my various experience I specialize in women’s issues, trauma, substance use issues, mood disorders, and personal growth.
My personal style can be described as warm, encouraging, and connected. I am down to earth and find humor as a helpful way to connect. It is very important to me that my clients feel supported, understood, and motivated by the therapy process. I’m proud to provide quality services and own a therapy practice that fosters positive change I have been trained in many different evidence-based treatment modalities and/or programs which include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Cognitive Processing Therapy, CBT for Depression, Prime for Life, and I am a Certified QPR Instructor.
EMDR (see video and information on services page)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Melissa graduated with degrees in Psychology and Social Work from Franklin College and Indiana University. Her area of study was in mental health and addictions. Her career has been dedicated to helping others improve their lives while working in the private sector and the Criminal Justice field where she has worked with people struggling to overcome difficult life situations. Her approach is reality based, strengths focused, and is committed to helping others find peace. Through empowerment, she strives to help others discover their inner strength, realize their self worth, and see their value as human beings. She is genuine, and believes that it is normal for people to experience difficult times in their lives, but views these times as opportunities for people to grow. Melissa provides group counseling, individual counseling, and psycho-education, while focusing on addictions, women’s issues, codependency, trauma and abuse, relationship problems, sexual orientation, sexual maladaptive behaviors, and legal issues.
Substance Use Issues
Substance Abuse Evaluations and Reports
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectic Behavioral Skills