Experience matters. I have over 25 years of experience and a record of success in working with adults. I specialize in working with women who are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood difficulties, challenging circumstances or loss due to a difficult history. I also work in conjunction with 12 step groups. My focus is on thought processes, feelings, actions, stress responses and coping as they relate to your current circumstances and past history. I work to help decrease your anxiety or sadness by processing emotional events, increasing your observational skills and sense of clarity as they pertain to taking healthy action.
Hi there and congratulations on taking the sometimes daunting step towards finding a therapist. I don't know you, but I know that takes courage. My style as a therapist can be described as collaborative, curious, responsive, warm, and above all else, human. Although we are all experiencing this wild ride called life, I know that no two stories or individuals are the same. I am genuinely curious about my clients and what makes them who they are, which leads way to individualized care and true understanding.
Everyone experiences life differently. There is no one size fits all. This is why I value a collaborative approach when working with you, as you are the expert of your life. My goal as your therapist is to help you feel heard, understood, and to develop your treatment approach based upon your unique desires and needs. While utilizing a non-judgemental, flexible approach, it is my duty to help you uncover your hopes and to create the future you wish to see. Navigating change can be both challenging and scary. It is my belief that everyone is capable of change, no matter how difficult it may seem.
Melany is passionate about therapy because she has experienced its transformative power in her own life and in the lives of others. Through therapy she gained a freedom and confidence she wouldn’t have known without the journey of therapy. Now she longs to help others experience the same. Melany strives to approach every situation with compassion, empathy,
**CURRENT OPENINGS AVAILABLE** Experienced Therapist and Homeopath specializing in providing a holistic approach to healing mental and emotional symptoms. I provide a combination of psychodynamic psychotherapy, and for those that want it, homeopathy. Many clients who come to me have been unsuccessful in previous therapy and are feeling STUCK. Why is it so hard to break addictions and change patterns? I also work with clients who don't want to take medications, or who want to get off medications they are currently taking.
Making the decision to seek help is one of the bravest things a person can do and I am proud to be able to offer that help. I believe that change is possible when there is support and compassion present, which is why I use a mixture of therapeutic techniques to elicit those changes. I work with individuals, couples, and families to identify solutions and implement positive changes in the lives of my clients. Utilizing a strengths based approach allows hope to be a building block for that change and shift attention away from perceived weaknesses.
As a clinician trained in Generalist Practice as well as Adlerian Play Therapy, I enjoy working with many different ages. I have over 15 years experience working with children, teens, adults, and families facing a multitude of issues as a social work professional. Contact me to discuss how I might help you, your child, or your family.
EMAIL IS THE FASTEST WAY TO REACH ME! If you are new to therapy, struggling with current life stresses, have unresolved issues in your past or simply want to dive further into your capacity for self awareness, please reach out for support! Together we can structure sessions to address what may be preventing you from being your best self. Whether your progress needs to include improved relationships, increased motivation, stronger sense of self-worth, greater career or home success, a reduction of painful emotions or unwanted behaviors; I will strive to help you learn to relate to yourself & others in new, often healthier ways
My passion in life is to help you thrive. My approach to marriage, family, and relationships is unique because I am keenly aware of how your view of the world, yourself, and how you view others affects all aspects of your life and your relationships. I'm a compassionate straight shooter who will help you reshape your past and set a firm foundation for the future. I focus less on diagnosing you and more on helping you to connect deeply with others and discover solutions to move forward. My desire is for you not to have to come back.
I truly believe in treating the person and not just their symptoms. I use an integrative approach to therapy by blending different treatment modalities tailored to fit the specific needs of the individual. I have had training in Trauma Informed treatment practices and utilize Mindfulness Techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I also feel strongly about meeting people where they are and empowering them on their journey to improving their emotional well-being so I also use a strength based approached in therapy.
Thinking about starting therapy is sometimes a scary step if you haven’t ever been in therapeutic relationship before. If you are thinking about starting therapy I encourage you to give it a try. In trauma focused therapy you decide where you want to go and on your timeline. Lets work together so that you can participate in activities that you want to take part in and enjoy them. I believe that you already have many skills to make positive changes in your life. We can work together in a client focused setting to identify your strengths and help you build on your strengths to make changes that will improve your quality of life.
Every human has the ability to heal. Sometimes, traumatic life experiences make that feel impossible to happen. You feel broken or unfixable. Maybe you ask yourself why you never feel quite good enough. Therapy can seem scary or uncomfortable, but it can be a wonderful start to healing and betterment. Asking for help is okay. As your therapist, my goal is to create a nonjudgmental environment that provides compassion, encouragement, and ultimately the support you need to begin the healing process.
Telehealth Available Only! Taking the first step towards change, healing & growth can be difficult. My laid back approach will create a safe, supportive, & trusting environment for you. This will provide a collaborative therapeutic relationship that is needed to help you with your mental health. I focus on empowering clients to gain an overall well-being through client-centered, strength-based therapy. This provides a promising foundation for treating trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, personality disorders, daily life stress, work stress, & grief.
My ideal client is someone who is living a life with a variety of stressors, both in the workplace and in family relationships. As life can get overwhelming, this client could be in need of some assistance as they navigate through the pathways of their life. This client deserves to have a safe space and a trusted therapist who can provide a listening ear and encouragement. By providing this client with a variety of tools that could help them navigate, the client could make some positive changes toward self-esteem, and can attain more of their short and long term goals toward a more fulfilling future.
A straightforward approach is necessary in order to promote lasting change. My goal as your therapist is to create a comfortable environment for you to identify and express your thoughts and feelings. I have worked in the mental health field for 15+ years, and with my knowledge and experience I will help guide you to the solutions you need in a direct and genuine way. I utilize a variety of approaches supplemented by training in EMDR, CBT, and DBT to assist you in developing your strengths and working through your challenges. I am also an Approved Clinical Supervisor and provide licensure supervision to tLMHC and tLMFT providers.
In our busy and sometimes stressful lives, self-care is imperative. Tending to our own mental health may become necessary if the struggle becomes overwhelming to manage alone. Once you've made the decision that therapy is the next step for you, finding the right neutral, compassionate, non-judgmental and empathetic therapist is of the utmost importance. My mission is to build a therapeutic alliance with you using a collaborative approach to reach your goals. The evidence-based approaches and interventions that I use are designed to assist you in further identifying and tapping into the strengths you already possess.
I try to live with the mentality that everyone has a story and experiences that explains why they are who they are and behave the way they do. It is my passion to hear these stories and to understand why people think the way they do. A major aspect of my work as a therapist is to simply be there to listen and help others sort through their own feelings and emotions. Life is challenging for many different reasons and I believe that therapy should be a place to lay these challenges, burdens, and barriers down in order to grow and change. I believe that life is about growing and through this growth we find peace and contentment
I provide therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples from different backgrounds. I am interested in helping a wide variety of people who experience things such as, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidal ideation, self-harm, relationship issues, and psychosis.
The way to complete a long journey is to begin taking small steps. No matter what issue you have face today, I believe that you do have the power to change it. Whether or not your problems are new, old, big, or small, I want to support you in finding your goals and then making a path to achieving them. I feel that having good mental health is a life-long journey and want to support you wherever you are in your journey.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Cedar Rapids are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Cedar Rapids then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Cedar Rapids, or Child Psychologists in Cedar Rapids.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Cedar Rapids psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Cedar Rapids specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.