Hello! I’m Melanie

Encouragement to Shine Your Light

What if your counselor was someone like you? Trying to balance relationships, work, health, purpose, spirituality… Would that make you change your mind about seeking out their help?

Counseling can help provide perspective on situations we ourselves are too engrossed in to evaluate without bias. My philosophy is that we should all be assigned a counselor at birth to follow us throughout our lives to help us navigate all of the struggles!

During moments of crisis we tend to fall back on old coping mechanisms even if we have learned healthier strategies. Developing insight into these patterns can help us create lasting changes.

My goal is to reach out and encourage those who need inspiration, motivation, guidance, or new perspective.

Individual Therapy

Individual counseling (sometimes called psychotherapy, talk therapy, or treatment) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained mental health clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment.

The advantages of Individual counseling are: It helps you have a better understanding of your own self and your emotions. It helps you discover your personal strengths and weakness.

Couples Therapy

Marriage counseling typically brings couples or partners together for joint therapy sessions to learn skills to solidify your relationship, such as open communication or problem-solving.

A couples counselor can provide “neutral territory” to help couples agree upon and work through tough issues with support. Couples can decide to rebuild their marriage and make a renewed commitment or clarify the reasons why they need to separate or end the marriage.

My Approach

Integrative Counseling

I seek to integrate counseling with the Bio-pyscho-social model of psychology, which is an organizational framework for understanding the numerous causes of mental disorders. Integrative treatment addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that affect wellness.

Counseling Theory

My theoretical perspective in counseling is Adlerian Therapy, which views problems as goal-oriented and purposeful. This approach focuses on understanding motivations and what purpose problems may serve in order to meet goals in healthier ways and overcome problems. Events occurring in one’s past are explored in terms of the impact to us in the present. In addition to Adlerian Therapy I utilize Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.

Credentials & Education

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and North Carolina. I earned a Master of Science in Counselor Education, with a Focus in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Arkansas in 2010 and I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Family & Child Development at Texas State University in 2005.

Getting Started is Easy

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Free 20 Min. Phone Consult

Use my contact form here to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation.

Book Appointment

Currently I provide online counseling/teletherapy on the following platforms: American Well and MDLIVE.

1st Session!

The first appointment is a diagnostic intake session. At this appointment, I gather history and set treatment goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is online counseling/teletherapy?

Online counseling/teletherapy uses video chat technology via phone, tablet, or computer.

How do I make an appointment for online counseling?

MDLIVE: https://patient.mdlive.com/register#/step-1

Amwell: https://amwell.com/cm/services/online-therapy/

Create an account in order to view counselors in your area & cost information.

What about my privacy?

Videos and records are HIPAA compliant and counselors are required to keep all information discussed private and confidential

Exceptions to privacy/confidentiality: Counselors follow safety protocols in the event any information is shared that would indicate danger/harm, sometimes this requires sharing safety information with appropriate persons to prevent harm.

Do MDLIVE and American Well accept insurance?

Yes, during the registration process you will be asked to enter insurance information.

What is the cost?

$59-$99 depending on insurance.

Typically copays range from $10-$50.

How many sessions/appointments is typical?

Research shows the greatest changes occur within 4 sessions.

How long do appointments last?

Sessions last between 45-55 minutes.

How is counseling different from talking to a friend?

Counselors use research-based techniques to impact change.

Licensure for counselors is received through each state licensing board and requires at least 3000 hours of supervised counseling before licensing.

What type of problems do counselors treat?

I treat the following problem areas: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD/Trauma, LGBTQ & Gender Identity Disorders, Grief/Bereavement, Attachment Disorders, Marital/Relationships, and Life Transitions.

Contact Me

Ask a question or book an appointment below.
For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital

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(919) 435-4219

P.O. Box 1414, Wake Forest, NC 27588

nixintegrativecounseling@gmail.com