About My Clients
Melissa is an intern therapist at MEND Seattle. The organization provides quality, reasonable-cost mental health counseling to individuals, couples and groups. We are a collective of healers with diverse educational backgrounds and identities committed to an anti-oppressive and liberatory approach to therapy. We emphasize serving the QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Community.
My Background and Approach
Believing that our lives are stories within story, Melissa co-creates a brave space with her clients to engage their ancestral and familial histories, narratives of oppression and privilege, and places of both pain and desire in order to understand where access to authenticity and freedom have been impacted. Melissa’s approach is collaborative, integrative and embodied. She journeys with her clients to create a path of healing that honors body, mind and spirit and invites her clients to deeper connections with one’s self, others and the earth. Melissa’s work pays close attention to the stories our bodies tell and to the multitude of identities we hold. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a trauma-informed lens from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She values curiosity and compassion as she welcomes all parts of a client in their journey towards healing and liberation.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
MEND Seattle values intersectional feminism and liberatory practices as a guide in our work of building a dynamic social justice mental health organization. We are committed to consistent critical thinking, reflection, and understanding of how systemic power structures work on us to shape our intrapsychic lives, our interpersonal relationships, and MEND’s institutional realities. We believe that critical social theory and an anti-oppressive lens are essential tools to personal and collective transformation. As a team, we aim to center our QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) voices and needs in the community.