Many things in life can cause us to feel off balance or not like ourselves. This can include difficult life transitions, lack of motivation, feeling 'stuck', struggles with becoming a mom, fertility problems, or grief and loss.
When we experience these situations we can feel alone or scared to say how we really feel. I strive to make women feel comfortable and safe so that they can talk about the hardships of life and begin to feel like themselves again.
Hello, I'm Melissa!
I have over 15 years of mental health experience and I am passionate about working with women and perinatal mental health. I feel it is important to help women find their voice and be empowered to make the changes they wish to see.
My treatment method utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Mindfulness, and other therapy approaches. This style allows women to learn concrete skills and to begin using them immediately.
Professional Training & Memberships
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
Certificate in Maternal Mental Health
CBT for Perinatal Mood Disorders
Grief and Grieving
Bachelor of Arts, Millersville University
Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology, Millersville University
Location QuestionsLiberty Place is located at 313 W. Liberty Street, Lancaster, PA 17603, north of Franklin and Marshall College and the Barnstormers Stadium. Please use the entrance with the glass doors. The building has two large free parking lots and nearby free street parking as well. My office is located in suite 272. Please reference picture below.
Your First Visit1. Phone Consultation: We will set up a time to speak on the phone where I will gather information. During this brief call it is important to determine whether I am the best person to help you reach your goals. If so, we will schedule an intake appointment. However, if I am unable to provide the services requested I will happily help you find a good match. 2. First session: Plan to meet me in the lobby where I will show you to the office space, suite 272. There is a private waiting room with complimentary beverages and snacks. Once the session begins, any relevant information you feel comfortable sharing will be discussed. During this time we will determine your goals for treatment and the best therapy methods to reach them.
What is CBT and Mindfulness?Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT is a proven treatment to address many concerns including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It increases awareness and understanding of our patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior. In therapy, clients learn to change and control these patterns. Mindfulness: This skill allows us to be present in the moment and to break free from the emotional attachment that we place on many thoughts. We do this by practicing a neutral observation of our thoughts and bringing our attention back to this moment in time. Mindfulness has shown to decrease depression, anxiety and improves memory.
Good Faith Estimate - No Surprises ActAs of January 2022 all self-pay clients have the right to receive a "Good Faith Estimate" explaining how much medical and mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give clients that do not have insurance or who are not using their insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. Clients have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. Clients can ask their health care provider, and any other provider, for a Good Faith Estimate before scheduling a service. If a bill is received that is at least $400 more than the Good Faith Estimate it can be disputed. Make sure to save a copy or picture of the Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises
ResourcesPostpartum Support International: www.postpartum.net Postpartum Progress: www.postpartumprogress.com Postpartum Books: This Isn't What I Expected by Karen Kleiman Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts by Karen Kleiman The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook by Pamela Wiegartz & Kevin Gyoerkoe What Am I thinking: Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman Miscarriage Support: Grieving the Child I Never Knew by Kathe Wunnenberg Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah Davis The Prenatal Bombshell by Stephanie Azri Grief & Loss: Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss www.Grief.com www.Aboutgrief.com www.Griefyoga.com www.Holidaygrief.com Fertility Treatment Support: Unsung Lullabies by Janet Jaffee The Trying Game by Amy Klein Not Pregnant by Cathie Quillet
"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we'll ever do."
Individual Therapy, Fertility Consultations & Support Groups
I use proven treatment methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Mindfulness, and other approaches to provide symptom relief. I am available to meet with clients in-person or through online therapy.
I am available for fertility consultations for individuals or couples using donor gametes for assisted reproduction as referred by a fertility doctor. All fertility consultations are virtual.
See "Support Group" menu button for information about current groups.
Depression & Anxiety
Lack of Motivation or feeling "stuck"
Perinatal Mental Health:
Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Pregnancy Emotional Health
Fertility Treatment Support
Highmark, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, UPMC, Capital, and
Quest Behavioral Health. *Fertility Consultations are not covered by insurance. Good Faith Estimates will be provided for OON and self-pay clients.
I also accept self-pay clients. There are many benefits to receiving therapy without utilizing insurance benefits, information can be found here: http://livingwellcc.net/paying-privately-vs-insurance
Intake Session: $150
Therapy Session: $130
*Fertility Consultation: $300 Couples, $250 Individual
*Not covered by insurance
Missed Appointment/Late Cancel Fee: $85
Please feel free to reach out, I am happy to answer any questions.
313 W. Liberty Street, Suite 272
Lancaster, PA 17603
*Free parking on premise