My Journey: I completed undergrad at Illinois State University and received my master’s in counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My experience in the field includes providing evidenced based care for adults in residential and partial hospitalization programs healing from mood disorders, substance dependence, and eating disorders. I also have extensive experience with individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and exposure therapy.
Clinical Approach: Trust, safety, and vulnerability are the foundations of my work. I use diverse modalities to suit each client, such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, client-centered, trauma-informed care, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, the Gottman Method, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure work, and symptom management. I value collaborating with my clients to assess which approaches are working and those approaches that are not.
The goal of my work with clients is for them to increase authenticity and vulnerability within the therapeutic relationship first, then translate that success to their lives outside of therapy. I empower clients with coping skills and provide a safe space for learning effective communication of and connection to emotions. I enjoy helping clients identify how past and current experiences could be contributing to current symptoms and challenges, and help those who have suffered from trauma to heal. I challenge clients to see their capabilities and utilize their strengths.
I am passionate about working with adults who are dealing with challenges including but not limited to: identifying and healing from trauma, identity exploration, interpersonal conflict, relationship with food and body, addictions, life transitions, eating disorders, mood disorders, stress management, and ADHD.
Personal Interests: I love living in Chicago with my family and two sweet, rescue dogs. I crave adventure and am always looking to find it through traveling and in my daily routine. If ice cream is included, all the better.
Melissa Martin LCPC – Psychology Today