Therapist / Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, NCC
Melinda’s person-centered approach to trauma recovery honors the strength and resiliency of survivors. She views her clients as experts of their unique experiences and has confidence in their ability to recover from trauma & stress-related conditions. She uses approaches including EMDR and clinical hypnosis, ensuring that clients remain present and grounded throughout the therapeutic session. Traumatic memory is reprocessed and stored in the “done file.” Negative thoughts, behaviors, and/or emotions are eliminated since they are no longer needed for survival. What remains is an increased capacity for presence and post-traumatic growth. Melinda is the founder of the Trauma Competency Institute, and an Assistant Professor at Argosy University. She has published and presented nationally on trauma competency and protective factors in the prevention of secondary trauma and self-injury.
Credentials: Doctoral & Specialist Degrees, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Counselor. Recipient of Chi Sigma Iota International Outstanding Practitioner Award (2014), American Counseling Association Professional Development Award (2018), & Chi Sigma Iota International Outstanding Faculty Award (2018).