Melissa brings a unique blend of knowledge and skills to Thrive. She is a master’s level clinician, licensed social worker, licensed educator, and artist who is devout in her work with children of all ages and young adults. Melissa currently provides outpatient therapy in Cherry Hill as well as in-home services throughout Camden and neighboring counties. Passionate about trauma-informed care and the expressive arts, Melissa’s previous experience includes art education, special education, social work, and early intervention. Her work has spanned across many settings and levels of care, such as public schools, residential facilities, non-profit agencies, partial hospitalization, case management, and intensive outpatient, serving a diverse array of populations. Melissa’s varied experiences led her to become a strong advocate for mental and behavioral health, eventually earning her master’s degree in mental health social work from Case Western Reserve University.
Melissa is a “lifetime learner” and is currently working towards earning her LCSW licensure to further pursue her mission of providing quality therapeutic services for youth. She is dedicated to supporting individuals in transforming complex trauma from ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving,’ promoting resiliency, healing, and hope. She utilizes a strength-based approach and provides inclusive, culturally sensitive, unconditional positive regard for all individuals, working with specific groups such as those affected by abuse/neglect, complex trauma, special education, DD/ID, youth in crisis, LGBTQ+, foster care and adoption, homelessness, poverty, and advocacy for social injustices. Melissa is a compassionate, patient, and creative individual who strives to empower those she works with, with the belief that every child holds the inner strengths and potential to thrive. She excels at incorporating multi-media art into her practice, understanding that art can speak louder than words.