She believes we all have the capacity to heal ourselves if we are provided with the appropriate tools. Melina uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and others depending upon your individual needs.
She has training and experience in working with a number of different presenting concerns, but specializes in treating anxiety and depression as they contribute to and reinforce chronic pain and chronic illness.
Melina received her PhD from Andrews University in 2017 and then served as a staff psychologist for the student community.
I think it is important for a therapist to be authentic with his or her clients. Oftentimes clients are nervous when they first see a therapist, especially if it is their first time in counseling. As humans we need connection, and so, of course, feeling connected to your therapist is going to be instrumental in helping with your growth. I don’t believe in Freud’s idea that therapists should be a “blank slate” for a client to project their feelings onto. The therapist and client should work as a team and be able to trust each other throughout the process.