Welcome to Faithful Counseling! You have made a brave and beautiful step toward better managing your life and feeling better. The decision to start counseling is never easy and takes a lot of courage, especially as a Christian weighs whether a counselor will be true to the Word of God or ascribe to secular philosophies. I commend you for making your decision and extend my commitment to stand beside you as you move forward on this journey and we explore how to have good mental health in the context of Biblical Principles.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri, board certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. I hold an International Reciprocal Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and am Certified in the States of Missouri and Arkansas. I am also a Missouri Certified Clinical Supervisor. I have been providing therapy for the past 14 years and have been in the mental health field for 17 years. I have a history in the education field and experience serving persons across the age spectrum, with a passion for encouraging young people to preserving the dignity and life satisfaction of the elderly. My 30-year career is full of a variety of interesting and interconnected experiences in helping people find safety, knowledge, health, personal satisfaction, stability, understanding, growth and enrichment; with time spent in public relations, journalism, education, law enforcement, the court system, and mental health. What I found was that people were very similar - everyone was looking for something that gave their life meaning, contentment in relationships-work-family life, and a desire to feel care for and understood.
Counseling is my passion and my clients sense that as a sincere interest in their well-being and a compassion for their life circumstances and personal journeys. My approach is to meet the amazing people I work with wherever they may be in their lives and walk with them on their journey toward better health and a more content and fulfilling life. Although I don't do exclusively Christian counseling, I pray for each of my clients to find their path and be led to spiritual growth and healing.
I utilize several counseling approaches, including mindfulness training (helping people focus on the present and be fully in touch with their thoughts, emotions, body sensations and environment, without judgement of self or others); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (exploring how thoughts impact emotions and behavior and practical ways to change thought processes to improve mood and change patterns of behavior); and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (focusing on learning skills to better understand emotions, regulate emotions when they are intense, and improve interpersonal effectiveness). I have found that these three counseling theories can be applied well within the context of Biblical Principles.
I have three children and enjoy writing and traveling. I have been a Christian since age 10 and my faith is very important to me. I believe that my counseling style combines the latest science and research in the field with Biblical principles to help my clients find peace and congruency in this life.
I very much look forward to working with you as you travel your personal journey toward the life you were meant to live. Peace and many blessings.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Self-Harm Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
LPC #2009010209 (Expires: 2023-06-30)
Melissa is very helpful. She understands me and my problems. I am very grateful for her assistance in helping me face life.