Greetings! My name is Melanie Barefield and I am a counselor with 7 years of experience, but am a Christian and a follower of Jesus first. God designed us from the beginning to live, work, and exist in community with each other. However, at times our lives seem to have been turned upside down, our daily tasks can be overwhelming and our communities and families can break down. This is where a counselor, like myself, comes into the picture. I received a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from a Christian University (Richmont Graduate University) and have been trained to help others navigate our fallen world. As a counselor my focus has been on helping to heal relationships while also working with individuals learn to cope with stressors that spring from family of origin issues. It has been a honor to walk with those struggling with past traumatic experiences as well and this has been where the majority of my experience lies. I have worked in different environments including residential treatment centers, in-home counseling, and also church-based and hospital settings.
My approach to counseling is to help the person or family I am working with identify where they would like to be by first listening and then working collaboratively with the person or system to achieve the desired outcome. I am trained in Prepare-Enrich and have worked with couples to strengthen their marriages. With individuals, I have worked mainly using techniques from CBT and Trauma-Focused CBT when indicated. Having been trained in family therapy, I use Family Systems Therapy approaches to help families learn about how they currently operate and to help them make changes to improve their dynamics in how each person relates to other members.
The first step to getting to where you would like to be is taking the time to reach out for help. I would be honored to walk alongside you and provide the support you need to make your tomorrow better than today!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
- Anger management
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Communication Problems , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Intellectual Disability , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPC #LPC010131 (Expires: 2022-09-30)
LMFT #MFT001622 (Expires: 2022-09-30)
Melanie is awesome. I don’t feel judged at all and feel comfortable being totally honest. She has a sweet calming voice and a beautiful smile. I’d recommend her to anyone I knew wanting to be counseled.
After my first session with Melanie I realized we were a great pairing and I’m so grateful to have her as a counselor