Laura Melendez

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

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Laura Melendez

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

She/Her/Hers

Verified by Psychology Today

Location

Emergent Change Counseling & Healing
18-20 Lackawanna Plaza
Suite 300
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 240-5641

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Website
Laura Melendez is not currently accepting new clients.

About

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Life brings change and challenges, sometimes without warning or without our permission. Understandably, these periods can be stressful and frustrating for us and for our families. We do our best to respond to the curveballs that life throws at us in order to move forward. Sometimes, we find that we are not able to push forward as well as we'd like to. You are not alone-- and asking for support is okay. Although we can't stop change from affecting our lives, connecting with a trusted professional to share our story is the first step to regaining control and to letting go of some of that weight on our shoulders.
I have had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, and adults on a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and grief, in both individual and family therapy. I have special training and experience working on issues stemming from trauma, domestic and family violence, racial trauma, and other interpersonal and systemic abuses.
My mission is to promote healing and empowerment through authentic, empathetic connection and effective, best practices. My approach is inclusive and flexible, carried out in joint collaboration with you or your family. You'll find that I enjoy breaking the mold of what traditional therapy looks like to include creative, culturally diverse forms of healing!
La vida trae cambios y desafíos, a veces sin previo aviso o sin nuestro permiso. Es comprensible que estos períodos pueden ser estresantes o frustrantes para nosotros y para nuestras familias. Hacemos nuestro mejor esfuerzo para responder a las dificultades que la vida nos lanza para seguir adelante. A veces nos damos cuenta de que no podemos progresar tan bien como nos gustaría. No estan solos, y pedir apoyo es sano. Aunque no podemos evitar que el cambio impacte nuestras vidas, conectarnos con un profesional de confianza para compartir nuestras historias es el primer paso para recuperar el control y encontrar nuevo alivio.
Tengo experiencia trabajando con niños jovenes y adultos en una amplia variedad de temas, como la depresión, la ansiedad, el trastorno de estrés postraumático y el duelo, en terapia individual y familiar. Tengo una formación especial en temas derivados de traumas, violencia domestica y familiar, traumas raciales o otros abusos interpersonales o sistemicos.
Mi misión es promover la curación y el empoderamiento a través de una conexión auténtica y empática con las mejores prácticas efectivas. Mi estilo es inclusivo y flexible, realizado en colaboración con usted o su familia. ¡Descubrirás que disfruto romper el molde de la terapia tradicional para incluir formas de curación creativas y culturalmente diversas!

Finances

  • Cost per Session: $150 - $210
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford
  • UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Qualifications

  • License: New Jersey / 44SC06000300

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Rutgers University, School of Social Work / Certificate Program in Violence Against Women and Children
  • Certificate Date: 2018
  • Certificate: Rutgers University, School of Social Work / Certificate Program in Child/Adolescent Mental Health
  • Certificate Date: 2021

Location

Emergent Change Counseling & Healing
18-20 Lackawanna Plaza
Suite 300
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 240-5641

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Website
Specialties
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Child
Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Racial Trauma
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Dissociative Disorders (DID)
  • Mood Disorders
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • LGBTQ+
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Black and African American and Hispanic and Latino
I also speak: Spanish
Age
  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Preteen
Communities
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Gay Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Queer Allied
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Sex Worker Allied
  • Transgender Allied

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • EMDR
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Nurtured Heart Approach
  • Person-Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused
  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Family

Links

My Website

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Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022
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Laura Melendez

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW