Melissa  Bratter
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Melissa Bratter

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, LCMHC-A
North Carolina Accepting Online
Updated November 22, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Exploration of the authentic self

Professional statement

Melissa Bratter is a clinical mental health counselor specializing in issues and diagnosis related to, attachment, childhood trauma and exposure to adverse childhood experiences, as well as being LGBTQ+ informed and practicing. Her knowledge and expertise best support:

1. Individuals who struggle with symptoms of Depression and Anxiety. Individuals who struggle with their ability to self-regulate and manage their impulses. Individuals engaging in self-destructive patterns of behavior. Individuals who are overwhelmed by hopelessness who frequently engage in a cycle of shame, self-loathing, and self-sabotage.

2. LGBTQ+/Polyamorous/Consensually Non-Monogamous individuals. Individuals struggling with shame and self-loathing (presenting as depression, anxiety & PTSD) due to being inundated with a lifetime’s worth of heterosexual and monogamous messaging; Individuals in relationships with multiple partners looking to increase their ability to communicate their needs without shame or blame; Individuals looking to break down core beliefs and patterns of behavior which are not serving in their best interests.

3. LGBTQ+/Polyamorous/Consensually Non-Monogamous couples who require support in their relationship and would prefer to work with someone within the community.

When working with clients Melissa views herself as a guide and educator, a collaborative partner on your journey of self-discovery. Clients have found her high energy, positive attitude and unconditional positive regard to be safe and motivating while doing this work. She empowers her clients by teaching them skills and strategies which promote in the ability to respond verses react in even the most challenging of situations.

Individuals find Melissa to be a safe, judgment free space full of compassion and kindness. Clients describe her as “real” and “down to earth.” A person easy to connect with that they felt safe to open up to.


Message to clients

I know this journey can be hard and scary! I have been there; I know how brave you have to be to do this work and how defeated you can feel throughout the process despite the progress you know you’re making. Working together to develop goals, I will provide solution-focused care and teach you tangible strategies for reframing thoughts, shifting perspective and moving from a place of shame and judgment to a place of kindness and self-compassion. I can help you break down old belief patterns and patterns of behavior which are not serving you and replace them with patterns which serve in your long term goals, best interests and physical and emotional well being! I recognize that we are all doing the best we can with the tools we have and will provide you with a judgment-free compassionate space where you can feel safe to explore your values, needs and authentic self.


Specialties

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship (sprcifically ENM/Poly), family, and cultural challenges

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.

Exploration of the authentic self - Identify: core values, personal prefrences, ideals, patterns of behavior and thoughts patterns which do and do not serve in long term goals and best interests. Work together to reframe thoughts, identify boundaries which promote self care and self worth, increase communication skills, increase self worth and positive self talk.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $60 - $150
  • Couples sessions: $200 (90min)
  • Family sessions: $150 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (North Carolina)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:30-4:30
  • Tue 9:30-4:30
  • Wed 9:30-1 :00
  • Thu 9:30-4:30
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

MbratterMHC, Sole Proprietor , 2021 - Present
Eliada Homes, Clinician, 2018 - 2020

New England College, Masters - Mental Health Counseling , 2015


Licensure

North Carolina: A13775


Languages

English