Melissa Spaulding, LCMHC
Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been working in the area of counseling/treatment since 2006. She possesses a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Plattsburgh State University of New York and a Master of Counseling degree from Ball State University in Indiana. Her background in cultural anthropology and experiences abroad make her uniquely suited to work with a diverse clientele and she enjoys creating an environment where each individual can feel safe and respected.
Melissa's experience comes from a wide variety of settings. Her interest in counseling was first peaked after interning on a national sexual assault crisis hotline. Since then, she has worked in a variety of residential treatment settings including wilderness therapy, RTC programs and therapeutic boarding schools. In these settings she worked to help clients come out from under cycles of depression, anxiety and trauma. She has also worked in outpatient settings, supporting families as they cope with the foster care, public school and other support systems.
Melissa has specialty training helping those who struggle with codependency, perfectionism/control, boundaries and risky behavior. She was certified in 2010 as an EMDR practitioner to help guide people in overcoming trauma. Melissa’s years of working with those who struggle to move past long held patterns of worry, grief or pain inspire her to create sessions that are creative and engaging, honoring the client’s unique strengths and pace. She enjoys using Sand Tray as an expressive form of therapy and an effective alternative for clients who struggle to find the words to express themselves.
When she is not working Melissa is always looking for adventure in the kitchen, on the yoga mat and out on the hiking trails of Southern Utah with her husband, son and rescue dog Scooter.