I was born in San Antonio, Texas and have spent much of my life living, studying, and growing in Texas (including Austin ,Fort-Worth, and Dallas). I have also lived in Chicago, Columbus (Ohio), and Seattle. My partner and I chose to settle in North Carolina for access to all of the great outdoor experiences, long-term livability, and relative proximity to close family & friends.
I am passionate about helping clients heal from trauma and reduce shame. I am passionate about affirming identities, critiquing systems of power and oppression, and advocating for people with marginalized identities and experiences. I am
also passionate about film, television & travel.
Melodye is also interested in hiking, yoga & reading.
Melodye works primarily with adults and teens! She received her BA from Texas Christian University and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. Her professional areas of interest include treating trauma (especially sexual assault) and incorporating mindfulness, and will be working towards certifications that use an integrative approach to treat traumatic experiences.
When asked how Melodye sees problems that develop in life, she responds:
"I see problems coming most broadly from systems of power and oppression that influence our views, beliefs about self, and relationships. I help clients with these problems through various strategies, such as identifying sources of harmful messages, reducing shame, utilizing coping strategies, and empowering clients to make necessary changes toward healing."
We grow through the challenging times....
Therapy with Melodye feels safe, comforting, and collaborative. While therapy may feel uncomfortable when processing difficult emotions and experiences, Melodye believes we often achieve the greatest insights and growth when challenged.
Melodye also believes that we live more meaningful and rich lives through social and emotional connection, growth, and helping others.
Clients that come to seek support from Melodye can expect a safe and affirming therapeutic environment where she pays special attention to strengths, interpersonal relationships and the present-focused "here & now."