Melissa Joseph, LCSW

“I believe we all need someone to talk with.  Someone who will listen without judgment and accept us for who we really are.  I provide clients with a warm non judgmental environment.  It is my goal to provide a safe place where clients feel comfortable sharing the challenges they are currently facing in life.  Most of all, it is important for me to build rapport so clients can trust me.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds and a wide array of presenting problems. I have extensive experience working within the child welfare system and with an early head start program working with low-income families.  In addition, I worked at an inpatient psychiatric setting of a hospital for four years. I have 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.

Many of my clients have never been to counseling before and are not sure what to expect, which can feel scary. My treatment approach involves using cognitive-behavioral therapy and strengths-based perspective. I develop a framework suitable to meet the individual needs of my clients. 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.  I use a warm and caring approach.  You will find my personality to be encouraging, motivating, supportive, and directive when necessary.

I know that making the decision to contact a therapist can be difficult for some and my goal is to make the process as welcoming as possible.  Our sessions will most resemble a warm conversation. You will find my office to be relaxing, inviting, and comforting. A safe place to laugh, cry, or express anger as needed….An oasis where you can relax.  This is YOUR space and I want to make the most of your time.

If you feel you are ready to commit to making positive changes in your life, I encourage you to take that first step.  I will support you unconditionally.  It is my hope that you will find this experience to be worth it in the end, and you will come out stronger.”

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