Many find themselves at a point in their lives where external support is necessary to navigate life's challenges. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Melisa is able to become that support for her clients. Melisa obtained her masters level degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University in Manhattan and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo. She has over 8 years of experience in providing psychological counseling to people of all ages, but specializes in working with children, teens and young adults.
When working with clients, Melisa creates a safe space for her clients to explore their deep feelings, develop a plan, learn healthy coping strategies and increase self-confidence. She is experienced in facilitating conversations around divorce and separation with children and teenagers. Melisa specializes in behavioral change and healing inter-personal relationships between family members. She works with many individuals, families and youth experiencing ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress.
Melisa's true passion is working as a therapeutic catalyst to promote positive change within youth and families. She provides treatment to the family as a whole and helps to navigate community & school resources. Melisa expertise is in working with families who are suffering from inter-relational conflict and extreme life-changes.
As a social worker, Melisa is trained to take a non-judgmental and culturally competent approach. She strives to create a safe, therapeutic environment where self discovery, confidence, and healing can occur. Melisa's client's are given realistic and effective tools that can be used on a daily basis. She is currently accepting new clients, both in person and virtual, ages 5 and up!
Allison has always been passionate about helping others. She thoroughly enjoys guiding people through obstacles and teaching coping skills that people can walk away with and use for the rest of their lives. She specializes in helping teens and adults who are struggling to manage stress, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction, relationships, and overall life balance. She has a genuine interest in providing holistic and individualized care to each client she meets and strives to provide a trusting and comfortable environment to work within.
She holds a B.A. degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Washington College, Maryland, and an M.S. degree in Clinical Counseling and Health Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also an Approved Licensed Supervisor for the state of Maryland and enjoys providing supervision to counselors in training. She holds professional counselor licenses in both Maryland and Pennsylvania and has over 15 years of experience in the field.
She founded Anxiety and Depression Solutions, LLC in 2015 and continues to serve as a therapist and Director of this practice.