Christie Marie MelonsonLPC

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Availability

In Central Time

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

I want people to know that therapy is not what you see in the movies... we don't make you lay on the couch or shrink your head or tell you who ruined your life or embarrass you! Therapists also don't force you to discuss anything you don't want to talk about. Therapy is about getting to know you and helping you clarify your personal, relationship or life goals while building a relationship of teamwork and mutual respect. Good therapists point out your strengths and teach you tools to help you feel better and reach your personal goals. Another stereotype of therapy is that you have to talk about painful things to feel better and this is not true. Many times therapy can be fun and enjoyable. It should be a process of discovery and action. Your therapist is like an encouraging coach who gives you the questions and the tools that help empower you to move forward toward your goals.

What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

The most powerful thing I have learned in my career as a therapist is that nothing is impossible when it comes to transformation. In other words, there is no wound that cannot be repaired if the person truly wants to heal. I have worked with survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, children through adults and I have seen amazing transformations when people put in the work to change. People need different types of approaches for healing. The therapy process is not always easy, but therapy really does work.

Is there any research-based work you’ve done that you found particularly exciting, and how has that informed your practice today?

I have researched multicultural issues in counseling leadership as well as cultural issues that happen in clinical counseling settings. This informs my daily practice with clients to be cognizant of their cultural and spiritual values and needs. I do my best to try to understand the perspective of my client and to honor what is most important to them. I also approach psychotherapy by focusing on cultural and familial wisdom and traditions that can be used to help my client reach their goals. I am a multiracial person and not afraid to discuss issues of religion, race or ethnicity with my clients.

Specialties

Anxiety

Careers

Race & Cultural Identity

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Life coaching

General Expertise

Depression

Self-Esteem

Caregiver stress & support

College & graduate student issues

Communication issues

Cultural adjustment

Domestic violence

Life transitions

Fees

$225

First Session

$200

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Bibliotherapy

Coaching

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Eclectic Therapy

Existential Therapy

Jungian Therapy

Training / Certifications

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/ Other Trauma Informed Approaches

Certificate in Adult Education

Shamballa Reiki Master

Life Coaching

Licensure

TX, LPC, 63872

Education

M.A. in Community Counseling

Ph.D. in Education with concentration in Organizational Leadership

Work History

Clinical Director of Montrose Center (Houston) - Worked with LQBTQ+ populations Director of Counseling Services (University of the Incarnate Word Osteopathic School of Medicine) -Worked with Medical, Professional and University Students and Programs Chief Clinical Officer/ Clinical Director (St. Peter St. Joseph Children's Home)- Was responsible for outpatient therapy and clinical services for children in domestic care Clinical Administrator/ Clinical Practitioner (Center for Health Care Services) - Responsible for Children's Outpatient and Head Start Services Internships at Family Violence Prevention Services and Communities in Schools to provide counseling to at risk individuals Associate Director McNair Scholars Program (Our Lady of the Lake University)- Provided counseling with first generation, low income and students of color to help them obtain education through the doctorate and overcome personal challenges Adjunct Faculty in Psychology/ Student Development at different colleges and universities

Location

1111 No physical office location, Houston, 77088, TX