Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, RPT
I believe that every person has the ability to heal within themselves and that healing starts by expressing our stories. Sometimes we are looking for a guide to accompany us on this journey. I specialize in working with teens and adults who may be feeling "stuck" in their lives through shame, fear, or anger and have experienced childhood trauma and neglect that continues to impact your relationships, identity, and self-esteem. I hope to support you in finding your voice, changing your body and mind's response to old patterns, and being more proactive and in control of your choices.
You deserve to experience a sense of well-being and live the life you choose. I will work with you to help you experience increased calm, reduced stress and strengthened problem-solving skills. I aim to help you boost your self-care toolbox, reducing your anxiety and increasing your sense of well-being and resiliency. ( I incorporate my knowledge and skills developed through my training as a: care partner supporting persons living with dementia, PhD sociologist, Reiki Master, and current somatic practitioner trainee. )
** WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW APPOINTMENTS** Therapy is great way to begin looking at your patterns, past behaviors, and current situation in order to make that change. We can help you look into what you are experiencing, understand why it is happening, and figure out how to make changes for a deeper and more satisfying life. Many clients we see deal with depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, relationship issues, trauma, life transitions, lack of meaning, or other life issues. Whether you are experiencing any of these issues or just feel a general need for a change, call us and see if therapy is right for you.
I work with individuals who seek healing and growth. I help these individuals explore their thoughts and feelings; develop insight into themselves and new perspectives on their concerns; and find the courage to act in new ways. I also help couples transform their relationships from distressed and disconnected to secure and connected.
I practice a relational form of psychodynamic therapy that views the therapeutic relationship as the site of potential transformation. I often have success working with people who have had negative or lackluster experiences in previous therapies and those who are ambivalent about beginning therapy. I specialize in longterm relational work and in working with adult men and athletes.
I offer individual therapy to adults. I have many years of experience working with survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect. Other areas of clinical interest and expertise include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, difficult family systems, vicarious trauma, professional burnout, exploration of gender identity, and issues surrounding pregnancy (infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, etc.)
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, PhD-Lit
Psychotherapy is about listening. As a therapist I strive to listen with compassion and depth to help my clients hear their own voices of change and healing.
How I understand psychotherapy to work is best expressed by Simone Weil:
"Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention. The capacity to give one's attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle."
I surely cannot do miracles! But together with my clients I have watched miracles happen.
My ideal client(s) are individuals seeking clinical supervision services for advanced licensure purposes and for organizations in need of a licensed clinician to provide in-house supervision services for state and/or university compliance purposes. I am board approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists to provide clinical supervision services.
Being fully seen and fully accepted by one’s life partner is a universal human need, the stuff of spirituality - an experience felt in the soul, not just the mind or the heart. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) provides a roadmap for how to get there. All of us show up to adult relationships with baggage, echoes of times we felt unsafe in prior relationships. After a decade serving adults individually, I have pivoted to focus on helping couples work through the internal barriers that prevent them from feeling as close to their partners as they deserve to feel. The healing power of secure attachment inspires me; I believe in it.
I created HOPE Couple and Family Therapy to serve individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with illness. Whether physical (such as diabetes, cancer, stroke, etc.) or mental (such as anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, etc.), HOPE focuses on healing relationships that have been damaged by these illnesses.
Depressed? Anxious? Relationship issues? Anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with daily life? Do you feel that no one truly understands how you are feeling? Do you keep making the same mistakes over and over again? Is life chaotic and you feel that it's out of control? Nothing is in order and you do not know where to start. Do you just need one day of peace? Are you looking for balance in life, self love, acceptance and personal growth?
People who are seeking to change dysfunctional patterns in their emotional lives and interpersonal relationships or are undergoing major life transitions and loss, may benefit from my approaches to psychotherapy. Working from interpersonal, psychodynamic and emotion focused frameworks, I emphasize the importance of relationships - developmentally and throughout the life span. I have many years of experience assisting people with emotional, interpersonal, achievement-related and existential dilemmas. Adults of diverse racial, ethnic, and spiritual backgrounds, gender orientations, physical abilities, and health statuses are seen in my practice.
Please note: I am currently accepting new clients on a limited basis. I offer day time virtual sessions only. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 15 years experience in supporting people of all ages navigate both distressing and exciting life transitions. I believe that to achieve true wellness and find balance in life, it is necessary to attend to the body, mind, heart and spirit.
I believe that feeling heard, understood, and validated is the first step to a therapeutic relationship in which growth to one's potential can occur. Recognition and affirmation of strengths is important to my approach. Being sensitive to an individual's life experience is central to good work. I focus on one's feelings, thoughts, stressors and resources, as well as try to understand the history from which issues evolve. I apply a variety of approaches including cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and psychodynamic. I have many years of experience working with individuals with a wide array of concerns.
Not all therapists are the same. I help my clients find practical solutions to the issues facing them, and together we find ways to change the patterns behind these issues. Whether depression, anxiety, or dealing with a difficult life event, the situations facing us can feel overwhelming. For over 15 years I've empowered children, families, and adults as they move toward their goals. I am experienced in school and community settings, as well as inpatient, and I enjoy working with people of all backgrounds and orientations.
My goal is to enable you to make meaningful changes in your life that free you from inner conflict. Difficult relationships can seem insurmountable, however, gaining insight into yourself and others can breathe new light into a relationship. I can teach you breathing, mindfulness exercises, meditation and energy psychology to help reduce your anxiety and nurture yourself in times of stress. I use EMDR therapy to alleviate physical and emotional residuals of personal and family trauma. If interested, we can explore how Buddhist concepts dovetail with psychotherapy. Please contact me by email to schedule an appointment or consultation
Thank you for considering services through KTS Mental Health Group, Inc. Our passion and breadth of experience is in treating families, couples, adolescence, and children. At KTS, we believe the therapeutic relationship between the clients, their families and the therapist is paramount for achieving positive, long lasting results. We will try, to the best of our abilities and while abiding by the Code of Ethics, to meet the needs of clients and to ensure that services will render clients emotionally and mentally strong. We will also help clients with creating tools and coping skills for managing life's challenges.
Melissa Powell is a License Certified Social Worker-Clinical in the state of Maryland. She has worked over 16+years in the child welfare and mental health field. She is a native of Baltimore, MD, and a graduate of Annapolis High School.
Congratulations on your decision to seek therapy. You have made a valuable decision to honor your inner needs and feelings. It is my belief that all individuals have a desire to live a meaningful and purposeful life, yet sometimes become "stuck" in unhealthy ways of thinking about themselves and their circumstances. My approach involves the integration of Afrocentric practices, Mindfulness-based practices, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. You know yourself best. So, therapy is viewed as a collaborative process where the client and I work together to discover solutions to life's challenges.
No one gets through life without some degree of pain and suffering. Whether you are dealing with life long issues, or have suddenly found yourself struggling, you will find I provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing therapeutic setting where we can work together to help you resolve problems, gain insight, learn skills, and make changes for the better. My background includes therapy work at the Intensive Outpatient Program for adults in crisis at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in the Community Psychiatry Program where I conducted both individual and group therapy.
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