About Me

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Hypnotherapist

WELCOME

Thank you for stopping by. My name is Melissa Valentina.

Helping women to reconnect with their inner resources so that they can live happier, more fulfilling lives.

 

We all go through things and times in our lives when we could use some help. You go about your life in the best way you know-how, and then something happens and everything changes, everything. Nothing seems normal anymore.

 

Some life events can make your world seem surreal and upside down. Suffering through stress and challenges can be crippling, but you don’t have to go through it alone.

 

Even the strongest of us sometimes need help navigating our course through life. I am dedicated to helping women heal wounds, past and present, and learn to move forward in life with a renewed sense of confidence and self-esteem.

 

While you cannot change what has happened, we can work together so that you learn from your past, discover your inner strengths, and create a better present and future. 

 

I love to help women on their road to empowerment; finding their voice, learning from patterns that don’t serve them anymore, and discovering what they need and want so they are the leader in their own life.

 

Counseling with me provides valuable support and introduces skills to help you move beyond just surviving to thriving and to finding your way to a brighter outlook.

 

Imagine waking each morning with strength, clarity, and peace of mind, knowing that you are able to deal with any circumstances that come your way.

 

 
  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Transitions

  • Self-Esteem Issues

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Pain Management 

  • Stress Management

  • Spirituality

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 
     

My Story

 

I believe that therapy helps people get through life events and challenges so they can learn and grow in the experience while they arrive at answers to questions they have and get to solutions that allow them to live to their potential and happiness.

 

Due to a loss in my childhood, my teenage years were confusing and foggy. I did not know how to handle the loss and there was no hospice or grief therapy available back then. Later, in my adult years, other losses got me into therapy, which 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 a lot of people, a pet knows you better than anyone else does.

 

Divorce was a difficult decision for me. Choosing to stay or go and how to honor yourself is a life-altering experience and not to be taken lightly. This event caused me to recreate myself once again.

 

I am eternally grateful for the therapist who helped me heal from these life events. Getting a new perspective on issues has changed my life for the better and inspired me to help others with their challenges.

 

And the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has a lot of people recreating themselves once again as our world changes and we adapt to a “new normal”.

 

My Background

 

My interest in mental health began in a psychology class in high school. I have been fascinated with the never-ending possibilities of people.

 

A native of Florida, I also lived in Greece for a few years while in the U.S. Air Force. Being a veteran myself, I am dedicated to working with veterans on their life transitions. 

Spending time in Brazil experiencing spiritual healing practices there reinforced my understanding of emotional states and how they can affect everyone. It was during this 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.

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 vets and trauma.

 

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

 

Results my clients' report:

 

  • increased confidence

  • a sense of well-being

  • improved self-esteem

  • moving forward into their lives again with a renewed sense of who they are and whom they aspire to be

 

I have worked in the mental health field since 2005 in various capacities and have had a variety of life experiences that add to my wisdom and therapeutic knowledge.

Degrees and certifications:

  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy - Nova University

  • Bachelors in Psychology - Nova University

  • Certified in Hypnosis

  • Work experience in the mental health field since 2005

 

Fun Facts

Travel, travel, and more travel! Where do you want to go? What’s on your list?

Learning is a life-long adventure for me. There is always something new to learn about our lives and perceptions. In session, I introduce new ways of seeing issues in life. This new perspective has a ripple effect into other areas of life and helps people realize how things can be different.

 

Why Work With Me?

What will your experience in therapy with me be like?

It will include:

  • being heard

  • being acknowledged

  • support for your efforts

  • getting honest feedback and input

  • empathy for your feelings and emotions 

 

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.  

 

My guiding principle is to support you in:

  • living your purpose

  • more capable of handling stress

  • more confident and self-assured

  • more like your true, authentic self

  • being more resilient to outside influences

  • achieving a quality of life in which you feel stronger

 

For your convenience, I offer weekend appointments as well as during the week. 

 

Your Next Step

You already did the first step by researching therapists and coming to my web site. The next step is calling me at (888)666-9059 to set up an appointment.

I’m looking forward to working with you,

Dr. Melissa

Toll Free: (888)666-9059

Online Sessions Available:

Mon - Fri: 12 pm - 9 pm

​​Saturday: 12 pm - 6 pm

​Sunday: Closed

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