My name is Dr. Melissa Valentina and I’m very glad you’ve stopped by.

My passion is helping people to reconnect with their inner resources to lead their most fulfilling lives.

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I believe you can learn and grow in your experiences while moving toward answers to questions you have.

I believe you have the power to reach for solutions that will allow you to thrive.

I believe that therapy can help you navigate and process your life’s events as well as challenges because it’s done exactly that for me.

This is my story.

In my childhood, I experienced loss that made my teenage years feel confusing and foggy. I wasn’t sure how to handle the loss or the grief I felt and I wasn’t sure where to turn. No hospice or therapy were available to me. 

As an adult, I sought therapy after more loss and it helped me to move through the experiences and grow from them. The loss of my dog showed me how close we can be to our pets. For many people, your pet is a confidante that knows you better than anyone else. 

Choosing how to honor yourself in hard or painful decisions is a life-altering experience. It’s one I navigated in my adult life several times and when my marriage ended, was a pivotal one. Divorce was a difficult decision for me. This event moved me to recreate myself. 

I am eternally grateful for the therapist who helped me heal from these life events. Gaining a new perspective on what’s happened to me has changed my life for the better. It inspired my desire to help others with their challenges.

People say I am easy-going, committed to the process and to helping them heal.  

My interest in mental health began in a psychology class in high school. I have been fascinated with the never-ending possibilities of people, and  I have worked in the mental health field since 2005. I’ve held a myriad of roles and  had a variety of life experiences that add to my personal wisdom and therapeutic knowledge.

​I’m a Florida native but have spent time globetrotting through both my personal travels and my time in the U.S. Air Force. Being a veteran myself, I am dedicated to working with veterans on their life transitions. 

​I have lived in Greece and treasure the spiritual healing practices I was lucky to learn from in Brazil. Those experiences reinforced my understanding of emotional states and how they impact us all, individually and collectively. It was during my time in Brazil that I realized how each one of us affects and is affected by others in our circle of family, friends, and colleagues. 

More recently, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has been a global time of recreating ourselves and the shape of our lives as our world changes. I’ve been feeling those pressures too.

We are, individually and collectively, being asked to adapt to a “new normal” and that feels like a lot.

 Luckily, when our outer world feels chaotic, therapy can help us bring calm to our inner worlds.

“People say I am easy-going, committed to the process and to helping them heal. ”

Fun facts about Dr. Melissa Valentina


Travel, travel, and more travel! I love to see the world and all there is to learn from its people and places. Where have you been? Where would you like to go?

New Spin on Things

In session, I try to bring new ways of seeing issues in life. New perspectives can have a powerful ripple effect across other areas of life that highlights our differences- and similarities.

Knowledge is Power

Learning is a life-long adventure for me. The world of mental and emotional health offers me endless opportunities to learn as it continues to unfold. There is always something new to learn about our lives, our world, and our perceptions.

What does it mean to work with me?

You owe it to yourself to calm, soothe, and heal so you can move forward with a sense of well-being and confidence. 
Creating the life that you want and deserve and living to your full potential is what I am honored to help people do. I love what I do and truly love seeing and hearing the results of the people I get to work with.

Your therapeutic experience with me means you will be:

  • Heard when you speak
  • Acknowledged for your feelings and experiences
  • Supported for your effort

I offer:

  • Honest feedback and  input
  • Empathy for your feelings and emotions

How I learned to help you: Education & Experience:

  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy -Nova University
  • Bachelors in Psychology - Nova University
  • Certified in Hypnosis
  • Over 15 years experience working in mental health

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked with people who were experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, couples counseling, relationship issues, and trauma recovery. As a veteran, I am honored to have worked with veterans through their unique experiences and trauma.