Melissa Ridge, LLPC Clinician Interview

Melissa Ridge, LLPC Clinician Interview

My passion is to help you …

Heal from trauma 

Work through anxiety & depression

Navigate relationship issues

…so you can go from struggling to thriving!

1. What is your counseling specialty?

I would say working with clients who need to heal from trauma and regain their sense of self and autonomy is my specialty; especially with women and teens.

2. What made you want to become a therapist?

Even when I was in high school I was always thr go to person when my friends had a bad day or needed to talk about something. I have always been empathetic and good listener. I also always had an interest in behavioral and mental health. I knew even then that I wanted to become a therapist. Knowing what it’s like to need guidance and support also helped create the path for me to want to help others. It wasn’t a difficult decision but rather a calling for me.

3. What can clients expect when they first come to therapy?

What is a typical therapy session like with you? Clients can expect to walk into a safe and peaceful environment for their visits for therapy. On their first visit they can expect to learn about the therapy process, confidentiality guidelines and ask any questions they may have. My sessions are always about making the client feel comfortable but using therapy techniques that meets the client where they are at. I use integrated techniques as I do not believe one technique works for everyone. I also like to incorporate art, mindfulness techniques and role play into my therapy sessions.

4. How have you seen therapy be helpful to your clients?

Yes I have had many clients tell me that they wouldn’t have been able to move forward in their lives if it was not for their therapeutic journey and hearing this never gets old. Knowing that someone is living a happier and healthier life because they were able to heal is such a beautiful ending.

5. What do you hope your clients walk away with?

I hope that my clients walk away with a sense of empowerment, coping skills that will last a lifetime, an increased sense of self worth, a decrease in their anxiety and depression, and an increase in their happiness and a healthy outlook on life. 

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