MSW, LCSW, CSSW
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As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families using a variety of treatment modalities to reach their goals. I understand treatment must be individualized and therefore the chosen treatment modality must be specific to their needs. In my practice, I have become highly skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Psychoanalysis. I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have helped individuals work through both simple and complex trauma experiences, which has provided a large reduction in trauma symptoms.
Working with adolescents and adults as they experience pivotal life changes provides me with the unique opportunity to help individuals identify their own personal ambitions and set goals to reach them. I seek to provide a safe and welcoming environment for people from all walks of life, with a specific focus for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Through my experiences with LGBTQ+ clients and their family members, I have been able to guide them through difficult conversations and decisions. I am OutCare certified as culturally competent in the care of the LGBTQ+ community and I am a Certified School Social Worker. Another area of specialty is perinatal mental health.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Rowan University in 2013 and my Master of Social Work degree from Stockton University in 2017. I also hold certifications in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International and Applied Educational Neuroscience from Butler University.
We are incredibly excited to announce Melissa was recently selected to present her work and research at the 2022 NASW-NJ Annual Conference. Melissa will be sharing her knowledge with social workers throughout New Jersey in her workshop titled, Developing Resiliency as Schools Return to the Classroom. Developing resiliency is vital to the health of students who have experienced trauma due to long absences from school and pandemic-related traumas. This workshop provides school social workers with specific brain-aligned and trauma-informed strategies to collaboratively transform classroom and school experiences for diverse students across grade levels.