Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds and a wide array of presenting problems. She has extensive experience working within the child welfare system, an early head start program, and working at an inpatient psychiatric setting of a hospital for four years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Work (BS), with a minor in Sociology from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Aurora University.
Melissa’s treatment approach involves using cognitive-behavioral therapy and strengths-based perspective. She develops a framework suitable to meet the individual needs of her clients. Melissa believes in the importance of establishing trust and building rapport, as well as using a warm and caring approach. “My focus is empowering people and helping them identify problem areas and then giving them the tools they need to help resolve or manage those areas of concern.”