Melissa is a licensed, board certified counselor who specializes in the treatment of young children and their families. Melissa works with a number of issues including childhood anxiety, ADD/ADHD, behavioral issues, attachment issues, developmental delays, impulse control disorders, grief, foster care/adoption, anger outbursts, and in-utero drug exposure (NAS). Melissa has specialized experience in trauma exposure/ACE’s, positive parenting, court-involved cases, and divorce. She also has a strong background and connects well with adolescents and teens.
Melissa’s therapeutic approach is child centered and often includes the family system. Melissa utilizes play therapy, sand tray, art therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is also trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Melissa is an advocate for early childhood interventions and pursues ongoing research and training in the field of infant, child, and adolescent mental health to ensure the most effective treatment available.
Licensed Professional Counselor (Mental Health Service Provider), 2019
National Board of Certified Counselors, 2019
Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling, Lincoln Memorial University 2015
“When a child comes to therapy, their emotional portrait is a mixed up conglomeration of colors. So much that often, its hard to know what colors exist. Is it blue? Is it red? Is it green? As the child begins to explore their canvas, they begin to see each beautiful, valid emotional-color. Each one significant, and so very real. They learn to identify their various shades of red or yellow. They even learn how to use them. So you see, therapy is about learning to paint with every color, in the most meaningful and intentional way. It can be the difference between a child viewing themselves as a mess or beautiful masterpiece of colors.” –Melissa Rose, LPC-MHSP, NCC