Melissa  Micnhimer
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Melissa Micnhimer

She/Her/Hers

Master of Arts (MA) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC National Certified Counselor, NCC
Colorado Not Accepting Online
Lakewood Not Accepting In-person

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available Colorado therapists on Zencare.

Updated October 13, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Shame
  • Guilt

Professional statement

Melissa Micnhimer is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Lakewood, CO. Melissa enjoys helping adults to recognize their personal strengths and to feel good about themselves. Often, clients work with Melissa because they are overwhelmed and exhausted from people-pleasing or perfectionistic tendencies that are no longer sustainable. This often comes with lower self-esteem, anxiety, stress, and depression. Melissa helps her clients overcome difficult emotions, including anxiety, and reconnect with an authentic version of themselves. She specializes in helping clients process through traumatic experiences and move forward with their lives.

Melissa practices a trauma-informed, evidence-based therapy modality called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). During this therapy, the therapist supports the client as they think through painful memories. By using the brain’s natural processes, clients place these painful memories in the past context so their negative symptoms decrease as they learn that they are no longer in harm’s way. Melissa also teaches clients grounding, relaxation, or self-care strategies to use when they feel overwhelmed. When appropriate, and as requested, Melissa can incorporate spiritual or Christian concepts into therapy with clients who might benefit from Christian counseling.

Melissa earned a Master’s degree from Colorado Christian University. She has nearly five years of experience working in the mental health field and is passionate about helping clients feel understood without the fear of judgment or criticism. She aims to build a strong, respectful relationship with her clients as they make their way through their mental health journey.


Specialties

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

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Shame - Exploring how shame shows up in one’s life and the origins of this shame, especially in specific situations or environments; processing through this shame and developing an empowerment to feel less ashamed in daily life

Guilt - Developing an understanding of the role that guilt plays in one’s daily life and exploring its origins; learning the coping skills needed to move past this guilt and feel confident in difficult situations




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Apostrophe Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Bright HealthCare
  • Cigna
  • Friday Health Plans
  • Kaiser Permanente HMO
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO
  • Oscar Health
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $100 (50min)
  • Intern Session: $0 (50min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Colorado)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10am - 5pm
  • Wed 10am - 5pm
  • Thu 10am - 5pm
  • Fri 10am - 5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Lakewood practice
405 Urban St, Suite 330, Lakewood , Colorado 80228
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10am - 5pm
  • Wed 10am - 5pm
  • Thu 10am - 5pm
  • Fri 10am - 5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

TRS Neurofeedback, Neurofeedback Technician, 2020 - Present
Melissa Micnhimer Counseling, Counselor, 2020 - Present
Covenant Counseling Center, Counselor/Intern, 2017 - 2019
Erin Jurich-Finney Inc, Counselor/Intern/Neurofeedback Technician, 2017 - 2019

BCIA, BCN, 2021
Colorado Christian University, MA in Counseling, 2018


Licensure

Colorado: 0017103


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"I’ve been going to therapy for close to 10 years now and Melissa made me feel so comfortable right off the bat. Absolutely no judgment. I feel Melissa is an excellent therapist and gets to the meat and potatoes of why you’re in therapy and I think she’s going to be highly beneficial."
- Zencare client • September 2022