About

I believe that the most important element of counseling is creating a safe space where my clients feel heard, understood, and supported. This relationship, based on nonjudgmental acceptance, is the foundation for the work we will do together. Therapy is not just about the problem! I believe that you are the expert on your own life, and my goal is to help you uncover your unique strengths and resilience to manage challenges, grow, and thrive. I enjoy working with children, families and adults of all ages, with a focus on teens and young adults.

I use an integrative approach to apply interventions to meet each person’s specific needs. I believe in the healing power of mindfulness and self-compassion to navigate life’s challenges. In my work with children, I often use play to facilitate the therapeutic process.

I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents involved in the child welfare system, and I understand the unique challenges facing foster and adoptive families. Prior to starting my private practice, I worked with adolescent girls and adults in residential treatment addressing trauma, substance use and behavioral health challenges.

Qualifications

  • School: Master of Science in Counseling, University of Phoenix
  • License No. and State: LPC-16860 Arizona
  • Certified Trauma Practitioner, TLC SITCAP

 

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7670 E. Broadway Blvd. Suite 106
Tucson, AZ 85710

melissa@desertlotuscounseling.com
(520) 305-9735

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