Last edited 09/30/2021
Melissa Cooper LCSW, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
In Central Time
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What does a first session with you look like?
You may feel nervous about meeting the first time. That is a normal feeling before starting therapy. I will do my best to help you feel comfortable. The first appointment is the initial evaluation. We wilI get to know each other, and I will gather the information that helps determine what issues are going on that need to be the focus of treatment. We talk about the goals you have for counseling, your strengths, and the different types of counseling I provide. The first session lasts about 60 minutes. After that, appointments range from 50 - 60 minutes per session. We will discuss the frequency of sessions that I recommend, and then you can decide if the plan I recommend works for you. Typically, I recommend that we meet weekly for 4-6 sessions and switch to bi-weekly meetings thereafter. The counseling relationship is an important part of your treatment and weekly meetings (in the beginning) allow us to become acquainted and develop a strong working relationship.
What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?
In my approach, the key components of the therapeutic relationship include a trusting alliance between the therapist and client and the therapists unconditional and positive regard toward the client. My approach comes from a place of acceptance of the client for who they are and providing the support and care that they need to make decisions that are right for them.
In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?
My personal experiences offer a framework to use when working with clients. I have applied a 12-step framework that has provided me with growth experiences and created a passion for helping others to experience self-awareness, acceptance, and personal growth in their own life. I am inspired by the process of recovery and change every day, and I get to share in my clients own recovery and personal growth, which is an honor!
Adolescent mental health
Aging related concerns
Binge eating disorder
Body image issues
Caregiver stress & support
Types of Therapy
Young Adults (18-24)
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Strength Based Therapy
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Training / Certifications
Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Training, 2019
Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), 2017
Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship (Training), 2018
- Texas, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 65029
- Texas, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, 14795
Masters of Social Work, Direct Practice-Mental Health and Substance Abuse, The University of Texas at Arlington
I help adults, young adults, older teens, and seniors with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, stress, low self-esteem, trauma, grief, and chemical dependency, and more. I help people discover their core issues and improve relationships with themselves and others. LGBTQIA friendly. I believe in kindness to all! Are you looking for support during a difficult time? Are you ready to make positive changes in your life? Are you ready to work through difficult feelings? Do you want to learn ways to calm down and relax? I know how to help you by using proven interventions! I use a client-centered approach where the relationship between client and therapist is most important. I am genuine and an empathic listener. I would like to work with you and provide a safe place for you to learn and grow! In order to help clients succeed and grow, I have obtained specialized training in approaches that were developed to target difficult life experiences, such as trauma/PTSD, treating people who have been directly affected by another persons drinking or substance use or are currently struggling with substance use themselves. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is an evidence-based intervention that has been found effective in treating panic attacks, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, and more. Treatment is customized to your particular needs. Most of our attention will focus on your current strengths rather than weaknesses. We will find past and present successes to address the challenges you are facing so that you can move forward successfully. You will learn new tools that have been scientifically proven to help people gain relief.
Frequently Asked Questions About Melissa Cooper, LCSW, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Melissa Cooper, LCSW, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Melissa Cooper accepting new clients?
Yes, Melissa Cooper is accepting new clients.
Does Melissa Cooper accept insurance?
No, Melissa Cooper does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Melissa Cooper offer?
Melissa Cooper offers therapy for families and individuals.
Does Melissa Cooper offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Texas can book Melissa Cooper for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Melissa Cooper offer online therapy?
Yes, Melissa Cooper offers online therapy to people in Texas.
How quickly can I see Melissa Cooper?
Melissa Cooper typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Melissa Cooper speak?
Melissa Cooper conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Melissa Cooper online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Melissa Cooper online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.