Melissa is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at Woodland Centers. She provides therapy services via tele health in the Outpatient program that serves all seven counties. Her experience spans both the juvenile and adult mental health population and most recently has been focused on adults with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, dual diagnosis concerns, and those impacted by the criminal justice system.
Since 2005, Melissa has provided behavioral health services in community-based, residential, and outpatient settings. In her role prior to joining the Woodland team, Melissa was the Clinical Supervisor of an addiction medicine program where she led a team of clinicians, certified peer and recovery specialists, and supported the onsite clinic providing medications for substance use disorders. Melissa is also the owner and operator of an independent private practice providing mental health counseling services to individuals in her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Aside from being a therapist, Melissa has provided training, outreach, and education services to various entities in the community on the topics of substance use disorder, integration of peer services in community programming, mental health, and reducing stigma.
Melissa graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Psychology from
Mercyhurst College. She is licensed as a counselor in both Minnesota and Pennsylvania and is credentialed with the National Board for Certified Counselors. Melissa is also a Certified Anxiety Treatment Professional.
In her free time, Melissa and her husband enjoy traveling, especially if that involves discovering off-the-beaten-path hidden gems. She enjoys cooking, attending local festivals, doing home improvements, and supporting her kid's extracurricular activities.