About Me

I provide client-centered, solutions-focused treatment while using mindfulness training, DBT, and motivational interviewing. I use evidence-based measures to treat addiction, emotional eating, and victims of trauma. The content of my sessions often center around the mind-body connection, nutrition, and self-care as a non-negotiable for well-being. I have held space for deep grieving and lit the path for spiritual awakenings. I’ve spent the majority of my practice working with individuals with addiction issues and co-occurring mental health issues.

 

I earned my Bachelors in Behavioral Science & Health from the University of Utah in 2004 while simultaneously raising 2 small children and working full-time.  As an office manager at the Utah Institute for Psychotherapy and Training I witnessed pensive patients in the waiting room, saw their faces light up when their therapist opened the door and, by the end of each session, seeing a sense of relief and gratitude as they left. My curiosity for the work happening behind that door, a desire to be a part of that change in countenance, fueled my decision to attend graduate school.

In 2008 I earned my Masters in Social Work with a certificate in International Social Work. My practice is evidence-based, culturally-competent, and trauma-informed.  I enjoy being endlessly engaged in my own education as research in the social sciences grows.  I love connecting my clients to the various books, podcasts and events that inspire me as well!

Education and Certifications

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Master of Social Work

University of Utah 2008

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Bachelor of Behavioral Science & Health

University of Utah 2004

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International Social Work Certificate

University of Utah 2008

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Seeking Safety Certified

Trauma-Informed Care Network member

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Certified Massage Therapist

Utah College of Massage Therapy graduate 1996

Verified by Psychology Today

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Benefits of Telehealth Sessions

○  "It’s cozy! I get to stay in my bed with my cat, a cup of tea and my laptop."

○   "I live in a rural area, so not having to travel all the way into the city for an appointment saves time and money- it's stress-free!

○ "My 9-5 job makes it nearly impossible to have doctor visits during the week, but I can just go to my car and talk to Melinda on my lunchbreak.  So nice ...”

 

The Telehealth difference:  just as POWERFUL as in-person, the container for

                this work isn't the office, but the therapeutic relationship.

                        No traffic.  No parking.  No stress.

          Experience the comfort & convenience for yourself!

Making the most of Treatment

interview with Family Law Center https://youtu.be/RTjKEyWeDAs