Melissa Engel, MA, LPC

Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Professional Background: I received both my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.

Throughout my undergraduate studies, I worked at a domestic violence shelter and went on to be a case manager for MHMR through graduate school. I have worked with individuals in crisis in an inpatient hospital setting as a Crisis Rehabilitation Counselor doing individual and group counseling as well as in a partial hospitalization setting as a Therapist doing assessments, individual and group therapy. I have also previously run Depression and Bipolar support groups through DBSA.

I am a member of both Spring Creek Counseling Association and Texas Counseling Association.

Clinical Focus: I am interested in working with adolescents and adults of all backgrounds with a primary focus in clinical issues that include: depression, anxiety, stress management, self esteem, school and work related problems, relationship issues, anger, communication problems, domestic violence, abuse, social skills, and managing everyday life stressors. I thoroughly enjoy helping individuals manage different life transitions such as transitioning from high school to college, college into finding a career, relationships and divorce, as well as other difficult transitions that life can bring. Together we will work towards your goals to establish growth and regain control over your life.

Treatment Philosophy: I use a variety of different methods that are tailored to meet the needs of my clients with a special emphasis in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy which is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors. CBT is focused on helping the client become aware of thought distortions which are causing the client psychological distress, as well as the behavior patterns that are reinforcing them, and to help the client make necessary adjustments. I use a collaborative approach where the client and therapist work together to explore challenges. My goal is to develop within my clients a greater self-awareness that will build confidence, self-esteem, and provide them a greater capacity to effectively navigate the complex challenges of life.

Personal: I enjoy spending time with my husband and son as well as my large, extended family, traveling, musicals, long walks with my dog “Bailey”, running and cycling. I have run several half marathons over the years and enjoy just about anything outdoors. I’ve also recently started a new hobby, photography! I’m always ready for new challenges, but also enjoy to just relax!

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