Melyssa Totten, MSW, LSW
Melyssa graduated with her Master’s degree in social work during the pandemic in 2020 – a graduation via Zoom is definitely not what she had pictured when beginning her graduate degree! During her time in the field thus far, she has had the privilege of working with multiple demographics in addictions and mental health. Melyssa believes the best way to connect with clients is through fostering an environment of mutual trust and respect. She enjoys engaging clients in their treatment and truly giving them autonomy throughout the treatment process, wherever applicable. Melyssa typically utilizes talk therapy, motivational interviewing, and CBT techniques with clients. Most of her “free time” is spent with her 8 month old and 7 year old sons. Her days primarily consist of Minecraft and diaper changes. However, she does enjoy reading, cooking, and listening to true crime podcasts!
Melyssa graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Summa Cum Laude and was a member of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. ARHE is an organization that assists collegiate recovery programs and provides resources to those in higher education who are also in substance abuse recovery. Throughout her short time as a professional in social work, she has developed a passion for maternal mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Melyssa has completed a few trainings on these topics and hopes to grow in this area of practice.
Mental health treatment can often lack the compassion and engagement that is so vital to client success. Melyssa is passionate about providing this service because she believes that every individual and their story holds such value despite current or past circumstances. Meeting someone where they are at is extremely powerful.