Melisa Alvarez LPC
I hold a Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. Where I was trained in assessment, diagnosis, group dynamics, individual counseling, psycho-active substances, ethics and evidence-based practices and treatments. I have worked with a broad range of culturally diverse clients from all different phases of life (e.g., children, adolescents, adults, survivors of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence survivors, individuals impacted by severe and prominent mental illness and dual diagnosis).
I believe that people are relational with a drive to grow and be inspired even in the face of great challenges and past injury. In order for therapy to be transformative and healing, a good therapeutic relationship must be built. I work from a place of deep empathy, understanding, intuition, and humor. My goal is to help you identify barriers to your emotional, relational and functional well being. I draw from an extensive array of theories including but not limited to psychodynamic, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, Emotion-Focused, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing to help you identify your strengths and choices. In addition, I can introduce new skills to promote greater competence personally, relationally and vocationally.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy seeing a good movie, eating yummy food, spending time with friends and family, dancing and reading. I also love hosting game night.
12-14, 15-17, 18-64
Depression, Grief/Death, PTSD, Men's Issues, Women’s Issues, Abuse, Anxiety/Fears/Phobia/Panic Attacks, Religious/Spiritual Issues