Hola! I’m Melissa (She, Her, Hers).
I'm so glad you're here!
This is the first step of a beautiful journey. A fresh start. A new beginning. I am looking forward to being part of this exciting new chapter with you.
Maybe this is your first attempt at reaching out for help.
Wow, it must have taken a lot of courage!
Or maybe you’ve already been trying to feel better for a really long time.
Again, wow. You must feel pretty exhausted.
However you now find yourself here, my hope is to be able to walk along side you, provide some guidance, but most of all, offer a safe and non-judgmental space where you can be your true self.
Don't know who your true self is? Well, that's something we can explore together.
I’m not going to lie, change can be scary.
I know because I’ve been there myself. I get it. Sometimes it's easier to stay back in our cozy comfort zones, where the world isn't pushing us to do hard things.
But if you’re looking for a space to truly be seen and heard, if you’re ready to start feeling like yourself again, ready to gain control, or simply ready to find some balance in your life- I'd love to help you experience it.
Body and Food peace is possible.
If you are trying to heal your relationship with food and your body, you've come to the right place. I work from a Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating approach. We live in a world where we are inundated with mixed messages about diet and how our bodies are supposed to look like…spoiler alert, there is not just one way bodies are supposed to look. My goal is to help you move closer to self-compassion and a more intuitive way of being that you once followed before all the diet messages jammed up your ability to listen to your own internal cues.
One of my favorite quotes is this from Brene Brown:
“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen."
I want to help you be seen. Seen for your full, authentic self. Not the self you've felt you had to create to show the world. Not the one that doesn't feel like you. Let's work together to strengthen you so you can show up and be seen.
Ready to show up?
Want more specifics about my training and experience?
Read on below:
MY EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
I attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of people, including, teens, adults, and families. My clinical experience includes helping clients with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, negative body image, and identity concerns. In addition to Three Birds, I also work at a Community Care Center where I provide counseling both in English and Spanish and am responsible for screening and assessing patients that come in for doctor's appointments. I screen for depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and substance abuse. I have had the opportunity to work with a number of people going through disability (and the grief that comes with that), and well as numerous immigrant families struggling to become adjusted to this new country and new political climate. As a Spanish Speaker, I hope to bring more access to mental health services to the local Spanish-Speaking communities.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), a a brain-based trauma protocol that helps clients identify, process, and release core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation, lower affective distress and physiological arousal, and reformulate negative beliefs into more positive ones.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
(NC# A13124) and National Certified Counselor (# 901790).
In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my 3 cats and 2 dogs, watching Game of Thrones, and reading. My favorite author is Paulo Coelho but my favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie. I love going to Colombia to spend time with my family and culture. I have 5 tattoos...so far.
One of my favorite ways to move my body is in Spin class. I love the combination of my body following the rhythm of the music and my legs feeling strong. Which in turn helps me with another way I love to move my body--through travel. I love traveling, hiking, and taking pictures of new places!