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Meet Melissa: About Us
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Melissa E. Mendoza, LMSW

My own journey, interlaced with personal encounters of depression, anxiety, trauma, and the transformative power of therapy, has deepened my understanding and compassion. This compassion extends especially to those of you identifying as empaths or highly sensitive individuals, grappling with the complexities of depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, low-self-esteem, body image issues, and challenging relationships.

Understanding Your Unique Challenges:

  • Overwhelmed by Emotions: Your heightened sensitivity can often feel like an emotional overload. Every news story or interaction may seem to bear immense emotional weight, leading to exhaustion.

  • Loneliness and Isolation: The world doesn't always resonate with the profound depth of your emotional experience, leading to feelings of being misunderstood or isolated.

  • Trauma and PTSD: Many among you have faced the shadows of trauma and PTSD. These shadows cast long-standing impacts, leading to anxiety, depression, and relational challenges.

  • Tumultuous Relationships: Your empathic nature can sometimes lead to intense relationships. These can be draining, especially if they lack boundaries or understanding.

Evidence-Based Counseling Approaches to Support You:

  1. Exploration of Emotions: In therapy, we'll utilize evidence-based treatments to delve into understanding your empathic nature, transforming perceived vulnerabilities into strengths.

  2. Healing from Trauma: Adopting research-supported approaches, we'll collaboratively address trauma and PTSD, aiming to diminish the influence of past events on your present.

  3. Managing Anxiety & Depression: With the aid of proven strategies (i.e. relaxation strategies, compassion focused therapy, ect.), we'll work together to cope with and alleviate the overwhelming sensations of anxiety and depression.

  4. Navigating Relationships: Guided by evidence-based insights, I'll assist you in learning how to set boundaries, communicate effectively, and foster fulfilling relationships.

  5. Learn Adaptive Coping Strategies to Replace Mal-Adaptive Coping (i.e. Self-Harm, Self-Deprecation, Eating Disorders, Impulsive Behaviors, Chronic Anger, ect.): Utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), we'll work on replacing unhelpful coping mechanisms with adaptive and effective strategies. This approach is designed to help you manage emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and lead a more balanced life.

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Embarking on the Therapeutic Journey:

Therapy is more than just a conversation. It's a guided exploration into the deepest corners of your emotions and experiences. It's about genuine healing and growth, achieved in a safe, structured, and evidence-based environment.

While friends offer solace, the therapeutic journey goes beyond. It's about truly understanding, feeling, and growing. Remember, seeking help isn't a sign of weakness; it's a testament to your strength and desire for balance.

If you're ready to begin this transformative journey towards healing, I'm here to guide, support, and walk alongside you.

You don't have to navigate your unique emotional landscape alone. Your journey deserves understanding, care, and growth. Let's embark on it together.

Education

MSW - Wayne State University

Licensed Clinical Social Worker / LMSW-C

Years of Experience

10+

Serving

Providing Young Adults compassionate and confidential individual counseling utilizing evidenced based methods. My therapeutic approach is humanistic, strengths-based, and intuitive wherein I utilize compassion and humor as well as evidenced based modalities to help you reach your goals.

 

Diversity Inclusion Commitment  

As a self-identifying Christian dedicated to serving clients of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, documentation statuses, genders, sexual orientations (including LGBTQ+), religious beliefs, atheistic views, and political perspectives.  

Treating

Mental Health and Emotional Well-being:

  • Depression / Chronic Sadness

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma / Current & Past Trauma

  • Low Self-Esteem / Self-Deprecation

  • Difficulty with Regulating Your Emotions

  • PTSD

  • Mal-Adaptive Coping

  • Adjustment Issues

Relationships and Interpersonal Issues:

  • Dating Issues / Partner Problems

  • Partner Issues / Partner Abuse

  • Family Problems

  • Relationship Issues

  • Healing from Narcissism

Life Transitions and Personal Growth:

  • Life After Break-up / Divorce

  • Life Transitions / Quarter Life Crisis

  • Body Image Issues

  • Need for Setting Boundaries

Work and Life Management:

  • Work/Life Balance

  • Stress Management in the Workplace

  • Career Transitions and Challenges

  • Burnout Prevention and Recovery

  • Time Management and Productivity

  • Balancing Personal and Professional Goals

  • Navigating Workplace Relationships

  • Coping with Job Loss or Change

  • Achieving Work Satisfaction and Fulfillment

 

 

Clients typically seek treatment when  level of functioning adversely affected

in one or more of the following domains:

Difficulty with Regulating Emotions

Self-Care

Social Relationships

Family Living

Work / Life Balance

School / Life Balance

Sample of  Treatment Modalities

Christian Counseling

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Humanistic

Humor

Interpersonal Therapy

Solution-Focused

Trauma-Focused CBT

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