As a native North Carolinian, Melissa enjoys visiting the mountains and the beaches when she is able. Melissa is a mother to two boys and a pug, "Mabel." In her free time, Melissa likes to cook, travel, and listen to her favorite podcasts.
The cornerstone of Melissa's approach to therapy is rooted in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of talk therapy that focuses on how a person’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviors. CBT is present and future-oriented, versus some traditional therapy methods which emphasize the past. Melissa believes that she needs to be an active participant in the change process. Learning skills to challenge faulty thinking and unhealthy behavior patterns is a regular part of her CBT sessions.