Melissa  Wilson
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Melissa Wilson

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, LCSW-C
Oregon Accepting Online
Updated October 5, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Adolescent mental health

Professional statement

Melissa Wilson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Albany, OR. Many of Melissa’s clients are looking for inner healing and ways to become “unstuck” from their emotional responses. These emotional responses include feeling overwhelmingly anxious in everyday situations, feeling sad about past experiences, experiencing disconnection from others, or not being authentic. Melissa helps her clients discover ways to process through difficult memories or experiences and build resilience. She works with many women who want to discuss the stressors that come with various life stages and relationships. She also works with those who feel defeated by the amount of stress around them.

Melissa’s approach to therapy includes many evidence-based therapy modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and narrative therapy. She helps clients develop an awareness of their thoughts and feelings, especially as they reflect on their stressors or past experiences. She builds a strong relationship with her clients upfront so they feel comfortable and safe in therapy sessions with her and open up about many parts of their lives. As a person-centered, strengths-based therapist, Melissa believes that each client has unique ways to help themselves on their mental health journey.

Melissa earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State University. She helps clients grow their confidence and tackle any challenging situations that arise with authentic coping tools.


Message to clients

Do you want to create a dramatic shift in your life? Are you ready to remove the mental, emotional, and physical blocks that are keeping you stuck? Are you searching for a therapist who is highly intuitive and genuine? Someone you can feel safe unpacking things that have caused you pain? We all have positive and negative experiences in our lives that imprint on us in some way. Disturbing memories can act like a virus, attacking your mind, body, and soul. Anxiety and self doubt can creep in, disrupting the life you wish to live. Let's get you to the life you desire. Let's work together to heal you.

The therapy relationship is held in a sacred space which allows emotional energetic information to flow into our conscious awareness and to be released in a gentle, healthy way. I am invested in helping those marginalized in our society and as such am an Affirmative Therapist for the LGBTQ community as well as teen girls and women struggling with anxiety.


Specialties

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

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • PacifiCare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $75 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $200 (60min)

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
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

Melissa also accepts Samaritan Employee Group health insurance as a form of payment for sessions.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Oregon)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9-7
  • Tue 10-5
  • Wed 10-6
  • Thu 10-4
  • Fri 10-1
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

Self, Therapist , 2019 - Present
Community Mental Health, Therapist , 2016 - 2020

Portland Stare University , Masters of Social Work, 2016
Linfield College, Bachelors of Sociology , 2008


Licensure

Oregon: 7851


Languages

English