Hey, I'm Mel, a Neurodivergent, Queer Femme (they/them) and love exploring gender and sexuality.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Bloomington, MN
Supervised by Contessa Johnson
My expertise includes working with individuals who are questioning their sexual identity, coming out, or dealing with familial and societal pressures related to their sexual identity. Additionally, I strive to create an environment where all individuals are welcome and embraced regardless of their sexual identity. With the aim of empowering clients towards personal growth and self-acceptance, my overall goal is to help individuals live their lives authentically and confidently.
Throughout my years of experience, I have worked with individuals across the gender spectrum, including those who identify as non-binary, trans, and gender fluid. My approach is rooted in evidence-based practices, which are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, as well as LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy. I am dedicated to staying informed on the latest research and best practices for gender-diverse clients and strive to create an inclusive space for all individuals.
All identities are valid with lived experience or not. LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy to assists individuals in processing and addressing their unique experiences of living in a stigmatized society. Drawing on my extensive training and experience, I approach each client with compassion, respect, and empathy to cultivate a positive therapeutic relationship where individuals can feel safe to share their experiences.
At the core of my approach to counseling is a trauma-informed lens that I apply to every client. This means acknowledging the impact past traumas may have on your current mental health and providing guidance to help you overcome those challenges. Whether it's difficult to discern whether mental health disorders caused the trauma or vice versa, my priority lies in validating your experiences and helping you heal.
DBT is a specialized therapeutic modality aimed at helping individuals regulate their intense emotions, cope with stressors, and improve their interpersonal relationships. The approach is highly empirically supported and has been found to be effective in treating several mental health concerns, including borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. DBT emphasizes mindfulness distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation.
EMDR is a type of therapy. It helps process bad memories by making your eyes move back and forth. This can help people with PTSD, anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. EMDR helps you work through tough memories in a safe place so you can grow and heal.