Our grad interns offer sessions at a decreased rate of $50 per session
Thank you for taking time to inquire about Evolve Therapy and the services I provide. With so many distractions these days, I think it’s amazing that you are taking time out to see if the therapy I provide may align with your needs. While I think it is essential to find a therapist that you connect with, I also think it is essential to find a therapist that you feel comfortable and safe with. I’d like to share a little about myself in order to give you a better understanding of who I am as a professional therapist.
I served nine plus years in the United States Navy as an enlisted service member. I received my B.A. from Colombia College. I completed my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. I am also a registered nurse and I am currently completing my terminal degree in psychiatric nursing. I plan to offer psychiatric medication management in the future. I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor with specialty in trauma therapy.
I am a certified EMDR therapist as well as an EMDR consultant in training (CIT) for therapists wanting to become certified in EDMR! I have also completed the level 3 practicum training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and utilize these skills in my work with clients who have interpersonal dysfunction. I have experience with children, relationships, marriage, trauma, substance abuse/dependency, mood and personality disorders. I have experience in both state facilities and private practice settings.
Emotional, behavioral and cognitive health is my passion and there is nothing else on this planet I’d rather do as a career. It is my honor to service those who are in search of an emotional evolution. If you feel that I can help you therapeutically please contact me for a free consultation session
Melissa was born and raised in the peach state of Georgia, in the small town of Atlanta. She came to Jacksonville, Florida by way of the armed forces . While actively serving in the military, she completed her bachelor’s in psychology with Florida State College and upon retirement, went on to obtain a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Prior to her mental health counseling pursuits, Melissa dutifully served our country for 22 years in the United States Navy,. During her service, she provided sound counsel and proven leadership through the mediums of respect, empathy, equity, understanding, and positive role modeling. What is more, Melissa willfully demonstrates that same level of care, commitment, and trustworthiness, with her clients.
Through the service of others, Melissa finds that life is lived happier, fuller, and with more gratitude. Whether serving in the military, advocating for survivors of sexual assault, and abused and neglected children, or humbly serving others through the lens of mental health counseling, being of service to others is both, a personal calling and a professional passion.
Melissa is currently working towards her licensure in Clinical Mental Heath Therapy. Her professional counseling experiences encompass an array of presenting concerns including anxiety, anger management, emotional dysregulation, depression, crisis intervention and the developmental challenges of adolescence.
Outside of work, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with family and friends, being in nature, and engaging in various self-care pastimes including exercise, meditation, reading, singing, dancing, and listening to the blues. Of note, Melissa openly admits her singing is horrible, but she does not let that stop her.
Contact Information for Melissa: 904-323-0910
Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
Our office is a safe place for all individuals. We are LGBTQIA friendly. We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.