Melissa Morgan, LICSW

Melissa Morgan, LICSW

Works With:

Children, Adults, Families

Therapy Approach:

When I first meet with my clients, I emphasize at the start that I am providing them with a safe, non-judgmental space for our work together. I then listen carefully to my client’s concerns.  Listening, in fact, is a very important component to the therapy I provide.  Once I understand my client’s concerns, I carefully tailor my approach to his or her needs, offering the psychotherapy techniques that will help replace destructive patterns of thinking with healthy alternative thought patterns.

Throughout my many years of practice, I have found that a significant number of clients achieve positive outcomes with CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy). CBT is a solution-based, structured form of therapy that directly addresses problems by offering a positive pragmatic approach to shift negative emotions, behaviors, and thoughts to positive ones.  Clearly, the more positive one feels, the more likely one is to accomplish one’s goals in life.

During the initial evaluation, the client and I identify the emotional response to a problem (e.g. transition from: “I feel like a failure because my boss criticized my project” to “My boss complimented me on my previous three projects, so I clearly have the ability to do well in this job.”).   To achieve this shift in thought pattern requires work:  CBT focuses on solutions to facilitate this.  The main strategy I utilize is to create a personalized series of exercises to work on during our sessions and for the client to complete at home.  An ongoing assessment becomes part of every visit and will show the client’s progress.

In conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I offer talk therapy.  During our sessions, I strive to create a trusting relationship with my clients so that they feel comfortable discussing specific problems, whether big or small.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Body image
  • Health-related anxiety
  • School/work issues

Get To Know:

Listening to my clients’ needs, reaching out with understanding and utilizing a non-judgmental approach is my way of establishing a trusting relationship between us.

I have found great satisfaction seeing my clients practice useful strategies on a daily basis which leads to living the best life possible.  That is my goal.  I look forward to helping you!

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