My name is Melissa Levine and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of FL (#14393). My specialties include: Working with children, adolescents, families, adult individuals, and couples and working with issues such as Stress, Anxiety/ Relationship issues/ Eating disorders/ Self-esteem/ Depression/ Family conflicts/ Trauma and abuse/ Anger management/ Coping with life changes. I have 8 years of experience in the counseling field. I absolutely love what I do and cannot wait to begin this therapeutic journey with you.
I obtained my BA from the University of Miami where I majored in Psychology, and minored in Elementary Education. I then went on to obtain my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. I began my career working at Kids in Distress, where I saw children, teens, young adults, families and couples struggling with anxiety, family dynamics, behavioral issues, relationship issues, trauma, intimacy, and depression. While working with children, I utilize Play therapy as well as Narrative therapy along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. After working in outpatient settings, I began to work within inpatient settings at two different hospitals. In the hospital setting, I saw adult patients struggling with a wide range of many different disorders and of varying ages and backgrounds: substance abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, and many other stressors and life changes.During therapy, I utilize a person-centered approach where I will be a “backseat driver”, assisting you in getting wherever you would like to go at the pace you would like to get there. During our therapeutic journey together, I would like to encourage a zone of openness, honesty, and a zone free of judgment and biases. I also align myself with Solution Focused Therapy, where we can immediately begin to set and process some realistic short term and long term goals to optimize your overall and optimal well-being and happiness. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, I may also challenge your negative thinking with some positivity and thoughts filled with hopefulness. I am also trained and certified in Parent-child Psychotherapy and Suicide prevention.
Together, we can accomplish some amazing things and work towards your greatest goals!