Melanie McLeain, LCSW
Bilingual Clinical Therapist
Melanie is a Licensed Certified Social Worker who also speaks fluent Spanish. She treats children, adolescents, and adults. She primarily works with anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, PTSD, grief, relationship issues, early childhood abuse, immigration trauma, domestic abuse recovery, separation from parents, spiritual abuse, and similar concerns. She has significant knowledge about ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as Selective Mutism, and is experienced in working with behavioral issues that result from these challenges.
She offers Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), for couples, families, and individuals. She also offers Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), for anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children and adolescents in trauma recovery. She uses data from the Neuro-sequential Model of Therapy (NMT), related to early childhood abuse and/or neglect, together with Attachment Theory, in order to provide Trauma Informed Care.
Melanie provides talk therapy to those who prefer it. She also incorporates each client’s interests to engage them in the therapy process. In doing this, she uses experiences including play, sand tray, art, music, the five senses, games, books, and other activities. Because she has worked in education previously, she understands how to interpret and navigate the educational environment as well, and often provides needed communication with schools.
Melanie graduated with her Bachelor’s in Middle School Education, from Arkansas State University, and then from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas with her Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Hispanic Culture. She has worked in the mental health field with children and adolescents since 2014, across different cultures and family dynamics.
“I believe that people are generally doing their best with the information they have, and that behavior is merely a way of communicating unmet needs. My role is to help each of my clients embrace their individuality, identify what their needs are, and aid them in knowing how to get their needs met in healthy ways. I also believe that change and healing happen within relationships, so I try to foster empathy and understanding between my client and the important people in their lives.”