Neurofeedback & EMDR Supervisor
I am dedicated to working with you to identify and build on your inherent strengths to facilitate the healing process. I want you to achieve your goals and live a happier, more fulfilling life.”
Melanie has worked with many individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and traumatic experiences. She’s had great success working with clients to successfully navigate major life changes, including relationships, postpartum, parenting, career, grief, and loss.
She brings extensive experience from her previous psychotherapy positions at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and N Street Village. At these organizations, Melanie worked with many individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Melanie’s clinical expertise has been featured on several media outlets, including the following:
Sessions With Bob and Lenna
- “How to Get Ready For a Healthy Relationship After an Abusive One, According to an Expert”;
- “Intimate Partner Violence Hurts Long After the Relationship is Over”;
- “7 Signs You Have PTSD From Your Past Relationship”;
- “On-Again, Off-Again Relationships Damage Mental Health;”
- “People Who Can’t Afford Period Products Are More Likely to Have Anxiety or Depression”
Melanie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and received a Master’s in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work, where she specialized in psychodynamic theory. She also received advanced clinical training from the EMDR Institute of Greater Washington and Neurofeedback training at EEG Education & Research Institute for Applied Neurotherapy.
For more information, to schedule an appointment, or to contact Melanie directly, she can be reached via email.
First Meeting Documents
In preparation for the first visit, you will be asked to fill out the following forms:
Each of our Clinical Associates is a licensed practitioner. As required by licensure, treatment under a licensed practitioner is confidential. This form explains limitations to that confidentiality required by licensure. It also outlines the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and co-responsibility for treatment outcomes.
Financial Agreement This form outlines The Viva Center’s financial policies. Here at Viva, we offer special accommodations to assist with cash flow and to simplify payments. As a professional courtesy, clients opting to pay with a credit card are not billed until the end of the month, although fees are technically due at the time of service. This allows time for insurance to send reimbursement closer to the time of payment.
This form serves 2 purposes: It helps to capture the baseline experience when beginning treatment, allowing for an opportunity to take stock of current status. It also helps the clinician gather important background information without taking extra time in the first session. The first page of this form is required, and the others are supplemental. It is fine to exercise the decision to leave out any areas of the form. Please keep in mind any areas elected not to be disclosed at this time may be relevant to treatment outcomes.
Credit Card Authorization Form
This form is only required if electing to use a credit card to pay for services. Conveniently, this form only needs to be filled out once and is stored securely. Payment with cash or checks is also accepted.