Melissa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), brings to the practice and her clients over 20 years of experience in various social work settings. Formerly a military spouse, she had the pleasure of living in various countries and states before returning home to New Jersey, where she has joyfully planted roots.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, European Division, she worked as the Director of Social Services in Washington State long term care and sub-acute rehabilitation facilities before returning to school to earn a Master of Social Work and Certificate of Aging Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
While pursuing her license as a Clinical Social Worker, Melissa acted as a Care Coordinator at Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center. Soon after completing her LCSW, she had the privilege to offer psychotherapy to palliative care patients and their support system as part of an interdisciplinary team through Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Integrated Palliative Medicine. She also received a certificate in Clinical Supervision enabling her to mentor social workers pursuing their LCSW and is a certified Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker (APHSW-C). She is a member of The National Association of Social Workers as well as The Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. She is currently a doctoral candidate on track to graduate with a Doctorate in Social Work from Rutgers University June of 2021.
She is delighted to be a member of the Shore Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health team where she can work with you and your family through challenging times as individuals, couples, and families. She employs a Strengths-Based therapeutic approach combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Meaning-Centered psychotherapy, and Dignity Therapy with the goal to meet clients where they are and to assist them in developing strategies as they define goals, work through challenges, and find their best selves. Melissa would be honored to meet with you to discuss how she can best serve your needs.