My approach to counseling is a balance of a straightforward communication with the belief that clients are the experts of themselves. My goal is to help clients to discover their own inner wisdom and support a plan to move out of their stuckness. I believe that our early childhood experiences along with traumas we have experienced play a leading part in the stories we tell ourselves about who we are today.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) & the owner of Melissa Carlson Counseling. I hold a Master's Degree in Counseling, a Master's Degree in Teaching, & a Bachelor's Degree with a Minor in Family & Child Studies. Along with traditional talk therapy I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and practice both in office and through teletherapy. When working with children I believe Play Therapy is the most appropriate modality. I also have a specialization in Parenting; sessions can be scheduled on their own or in conjunction with counseling for your child.
A little about me personally; I live in Algonquin with my husband & three school-age children. I feel extremely honored to be able to do the work that I do. I am invited into people's lives at their most vulnerable and trusted to help them to be their best selves. If you have an interest in working with me, please contact me on the form below.
I see clients in my Algonquin office & online through our HIPPA compliant telehealth platform. I can be contacted directly at email@example.com
- License Number: 180.011171
- License Type: LCPC
- License State: Illinois
- Experience: 6 years
- Languages: English