Melinda graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Food and Nutrition: Dietetics. With the goal of Eating Disorder treatment in mind, she then completed her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. From there Melinda begin working as a volunteer and now as program directer of Thalia House, an eating disorder transitional living home in Kansas City. Melinda believes in a holistic approach to recovery including wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit. As time has gone by, Melinda has found her passion in aiding others through their own trauma stories while managing intertwining eating disorder or other concerns or stressors a client presents. Her approach to treatment is goal oriented, utilizing skills from DBT and ACT perspectives as well as other mindfulness based techniques.
Melinda loves to work with adolescents, young adults, those processing through trauma, or suffering from an eating disorder.
BS, Food and Nutrtion: Dietetics – Northwest Missiouri State University
MA, Counseling and Guidance – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Certified
Certified Trauma Professional through the Internation Association of Trauma Professionals
Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Shame Resilience as designed by Brene’ Brown
Presenting Concerns: Trauma, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression,
Stress Management, Relational Concerns, Adolescent Issues
Previous Treatment Setting Experiences:
Community Counseling Agency
Residential Eating Disorder Center
Community College Counseling Center