About Melinda…

As a teenager I had read a saying that darkness cannot extinguish the light of even a small candle. The beauty of that saying has stuck with me, even through my career as a therapist. It is fulfilling for me to watch others realize the small candles in their lives that they have not been paying attention to or forgot were there. Sometimes we just need a little bit of guidance to return our gaze to the light, to the good, and to the gratitude.

Years of working with teens in youth ministry helped inspire me to seek a career in counseling. I was able to see their struggles and walk with them on their journey in faith and learning the different skills and lessons of life as teenagers. The field of psychology has always been something that captivated my interest and curiosity and I sought my Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Arizona. I remember walking into that first psychology class on my first day of college and falling in love with the subject even more, and how it can explain human behavior and thought. I then realized that I wanted to focus my studies on combining the two passions that I have and sought my Master’s of Science in Christian Counseling from Grand Canyon University with the hope that I would be able to combine my work in faith and counseling.

Since graduating and becoming a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), I am continuing to expand my ability to be here to sit with you and hold that space as you share what is on your mind and the journey that you are on. I will sit with you through all your emotions, struggles, and joys. I will work with you as we process the thoughts and stresses of your week. My style of therapy tends to lean towards using positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused, and mindfulness in order to move forward in mental wellbeing rather than feeling stuck or held back. My original passion is working with older teens and young adults, but I can also work with children with learning emotions and basic coping and interpersonal skills, and with adults through daily stress, anxiety, life adjustments and transitions, self-compassion, and self-care.

You do not have to walk this journey on your own. Therapy can help and a key aspect to that is to find a therapist that is the right fit for you.