Melissa Howell, LPC
As a therapist, I view my role as a facilitator who can help you have a better quality of life. Seeking counseling is a courageous thing to do, as it means that you are ready to look within and make needed changes. I can help you set goals and move toward having a more fulfilling life.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 1988. I worked in several psychiatric hospitals and an outpatient substance abuse treatment center before moving to Alaska and helping people with disabilities and seniors. Then I became interested in meditation and lived and worked at meditation retreat centers in Vermont and Nova Scotia, Canada. During those years, I grew and learned from my life and work experiences, and I was able to help many people, professionally and personally, which led me full circle back to my original goal, to obtain a Masters in Counseling. I graduated from Radford University in 2016 and am a Licensed Professional Counselor working full-time providing public mental health services and part-time telehealth counseling for Healing Tree Counseling. My career journey has given me experience working with many populations, including children and families, teens and adults. Having overcome my own challenges in life and actualized my dreams, I want to help others to do the same.
These are some areas in which I have more experience:
Communication/Social skills deficits
Depression and other mood disorders
Grief and loss
Life change and crisis
“We human beings are all the same in wanting to be happy and not wanting to suffer, and yet many of the problems we face are of our own making. We seek happiness in external things without realizing that they don't help when we have problems within. We need to focus instead on the joy that comes with peace of mind that allows us to remain happy whatever happens.”