I am passionate about facilitating the process of returning to wholeness and assisting people in living the life they want to live. As a therapist, I can often see where clients are unknowingly stuck in old patterns or beliefs or ways of thinking. As a therapist, I also know ways we can create change and work through the process of helping you get unstuck. Together we will explore your strengths and develop resources to help you find stability in the here and now to support you in the process of change. As therapy unfolds, we will engage the material of your life gently, while tracking how the changes are integrating. We may decide to do deeper processing work to build new internal structures which often offer resolution to long standing issues and create new platforms and resiliency.

The therapeutic basis I work from is based in mindfulness. We work together to build not only a relationship, but the conditions that support you in your healing journey. Therapy is paced according to your comfort and in a non shaming environment that helps you build a new relationship to your inner world. Some techniques we use may include mindful approaches of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, the Hakomi Method, and humanistic perspectives. We may also use somatic techniques and other experiential processes to engage deeper levels of processing and change. Somatic work is often profound and can help unwind and unpack issues that the conscious mind has difficulty addressing. I am most strongly influenced by the works of Richard Schwartz, Ron Kurtz, Janina Fisher, PhD and Lisa Ferrentz, LMSW.

As a master's level health psychologist, I understand the interrelationship between physical and mental health. The nervous system is deeply impacted by life experiences and may be changed greatly by difficult life circumstances. Changes in the nervous system may also result in, or be related to changes in digestion, sleep patterns, mood, circulation, and more subtle but impactful epigenetic changes that inform the production of proteins (the building blocks) in our bodies. The good news is that all of these changes are treatable and often may be brought back into balance. For those reasons, I feel it is most effective to provide somatic and holistic psychotherapy. ​Holistic psychotherapy includes a broader framework than traditional psychotherapy in that we consider all aspects of your life and build foundations for healing that may include yoga, meditation, nutritional consultation, homeopathic or naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and other supportive modalities.​



A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision

of a fully licensed psychologist. Melissa is supervised by

Dr. Hatcher-Kay atPartners In Healing.





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