Melissa Paulsen

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT-S

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Melissa Paulsen

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT-S

She/Her/Hers

Verified by Psychology Today
4 Endorsed

Location

RISE Counseling & Consulting, PLLC
Anamosa, IA 52205
(319) 774-4550
Offers online therapy

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Announcement icon Due to COVID-19, I am happy to provide virtual sessions if that is more comfortable! If you want to attend in person, we can do that too!

About

No matter why you are seeking therapy, my goal is to make you feel comfortable while helping you to explore whatever life stressor you are currently experiencing in a safe and accepting environment. I have helped individuals, couples, and families to develop open communication, conflict resolution, emotional regulation, and overall improvement in each client's emotional wellbeing and life satisfaction. I also have experience working on issues such as depression and mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, oppositional defiant disorder, self-harm, and other adjustment-related stressors.
While my degree is in Marriage and Family Therapy, I also provide individual counseling as well! I am a Registered Play Therapist (S2893) so I utilize a lot of play therapy techniques with children ages 3 - 10 in my play therapy room at my office.
I have over 300 hours of play therapy specific training. I am also certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT is a conjoint child and caregiver psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. I am also trained in EMDR.

Finances

  • Cost per Session: $125 - $250
Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Health Alliance
  • HealthPartners of MN and WI
  • Humana
  • Interplan Health Group
  • MMC Tiered Network
  • Midlands Choice
  • O'Hara Workers Compensation
  • TRICARE
  • Tricare West
  • Wellmark BCBS
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 10 Years
  • License: Iowa
  • School: Mount Mercy University
  • Year Graduated: 2012
I am a Registered Play Therapist and am trained in EMDR. I specialize in grief and loss!

Additional Credentials

  • Degree: Mount Mercy University / M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Year graduated: 2012
  • Certificate: Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor / S2893
  • Certificate Date: 2015
  • Degree: Mount Mercy College / B.A. Psychology & Criminal Justice, Minor in Sociology
  • Year graduated: 2010

Endorsements

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
"Melissa is highly skilled in working with clients through grief and other phase of life issues."

Counselor, MS, LMHC, CTP
"Melissa has a passion for helping others. Her kindness and compassion shine through her work!"

Counselor, LMHC, ACS
"Melissa is empathetic and easy to talk to. She is able to make connections with kids and adults in such a way that promotes progress and lasting change. "

Counselor, LMHC

Location

RISE Counseling & Consulting, PLLC
Anamosa, IA 52205
(319) 774-4550
Offers online therapy

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Website
Specialties
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
Issues
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Child
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Hoarding
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance (ODD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss
Mental Health
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • LGBTQ+
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Age
  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Preteen
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Toddler

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Adlerian
  • Adlerian Play Therapy Techniques
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Gottman Method
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Sandplay
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

Links

My Website

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Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022
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Melissa Paulsen

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT-S