Melissa has been working in the field of addictions and mental health since 2015 and has gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient programs working with children, adolescents, and adults within the school system as well as several treatment programs. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Felician University. In recognition for her academic achievements, she was elected and inducted into the Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society. Currently, she’s in the final phases towards obtaining her Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) licensures and is currently endorsed as a School Counselor in the state of New Jersey.
Melissa believes that the ultimate goal of therapy is to alleviate pain and suffering, and that everyone has the capacity for growth and change. By developing a caring, compassionate, and trusting relationship with her clients, it becomes possible for her clients to focus on their strengths and to gain insight and clarity about their relationships, problems and personal patterns.
As Adjunct Professor at Felician University she has taught History and Systems of Psychology to undergraduate students and empowered them to reach their academic goals. In her spare time, she volunteers with a nonprofit animal rescue organization and is also currently working with the I-CAdRe Autism Center conducting research in the field of Autism at Felician University.