Melanie McLeain, LMSW
Melanie is a licensed therapist who treats children and adolescents that, through trauma or adjustment issues, suffer from anxiety, depression or behavior issues. She has significant knowledge about ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, along with symptoms that require some additional coping skills. She is trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and speaks fluent Spanish. She tailors her treatment to the client’s individual needs, incorporating elements of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the Neuro-sequential Model of Therapy (NMT), Family Systems Therapy (FST), and Attachment Theory. In addition to working with children and adolescents, Melanie is also trained in addressing couples and family issues, as well as issues related to immigration trauma, abuse, and grief.
Melanie believes that the client is an expert on their own life, and that they have very good reasons for the way they interact with the world. She works with the client to help them figure out what those motivations are, and then helps them find ways to reach their goals by creating a Master Treatment Plan with the client and family. She then works together with clients and their families to build trust and attachment, as well as fostering empathy and understanding between family members. She has experience working with foster children and their families, adopted children with their parents, and divorced or blended families.
She uses mindfulness techniques and body awareness to help her clients grow in emotional awareness and gain additional coping skills. She is a creative therapist who likes to use her client’s interests to engage them in the therapy process and find what works for them. In doing this, she uses play, sand tray therapy techniques, art therapy techniques, and other activities to reach the clients at their level of interest. Because she has worked in education previously, she understands how to interpret and navigate the educational environment as well. Having lived in South America for seven years, she is personally familiar with Hispanic Culture, as well as speaking fluent Spanish.
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. Her graduate degree includes a focus on Hispanic Culture and Families. She has worked in the mental health field with children and adolescents since 2014, across many different cultures and family dynamics.
“I believe that every client is generally doing the best they can with what they have to work with, and it is my job to help them see themselves for the really special individual that they are, embrace their individuality, and find their best in life. My clients are the experts on themselves, and I am simply a guide along the way to help them reach their goals. I also believe that change and healing happen in relationships, so incorporating any attachment figures into the process is ideal.”