Melissa has worked with families and children throughout her career. She adapts a non-judgmental, relationship-based approach with the goal of connecting to the family members, so they can be honest with her and themselves about what they are feeling. Melissa uses play therapy and expressive arts as a mode for treatment with younger children, and incorporates parent and family work as well for an effective systems-focused approach. With children and teens of all ages, Melissa provides therapy for a broad array of childhood issues such as depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, school anxiety and refusal, sibling rivalry, parent-child relationship rifts, oppositional behavior, conduct issues, academic struggles, attention deficit, healthy lifestyle choices, and supportive therapy for life changes such as moving or divorce or grief. She also works with multigenerational families living together at all ages, and assists in adapting styles of communication and parenting to the stage and need of the people currently struggling.