Melanie Dyer, LPC Intern
Supervised by April Alaspa, LPC-S
Hi there! I am so excited that you made it to my page. I hope that I can have the privilege of working with you to create the life that you want. As a counselor, I prefer to get down in the trenches with my clients and provide a space in which you feel safe and heard. I welcome feedback and ask that you be an active participant in the process. I try to tailor my practice to interventions and models that best suit your needs as a client, and I work from a person-centered framework. I also focus on the way that trauma affects the chemistry and structure of the brain, and endeavor to use interventions that are best suited to your level of ability. In our time together, we will move at the pace that best suits your healing.
As a mental health professional, I have worked in a variety of different settings, with a wide range of ages. I have worked in a school, a domestic violence shelter, a sliding-scale agency, and a child advocacy center. I have experience working with children and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, anger and relationship issues. I have had clients who have struggled with a history of child abuse, child sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in the capacity of crisis counselor as well as long term counseling. I want you to know that when we talk, you are in a safe space, and that you cannot shock or scare me with any story you have to tell. I will work with you to create trust and rapport, so that you can have an open, authentic experience that leads to insight and healing. I will also challenge you, help you to think about patterns in your life that may need adjusting, and I will expect you to do the hard work. I know that may sound like a scary prospect, but we will work through the fear together.
A little bit about me: I am originally from California's beautiful Napa Valley (and yes, I do miss the weather). I studied Spanish Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara and thought that I might want to be a teacher. I followed that thought to Santiago, Chile where I studied abroad and then taught English for a year. It turns out, I don't like teaching at all, but what I loved was getting to know my students outside the classroom, and I saw how the knowledge of their lives shaped the way I interacted with them in the classroom. I decided then that I wanted to be a counselor, and pursued my MA in School Counseling at Seton Hall University. Another change in my path awaited me after my clinical internship, where I discovered that I loved working with adults in an individual setting, which set me on the journey to becoming an LPC. It's several years after that epiphany in Chile, and I am so happy with where all these decisions have led me.
I look forward to meeting with you, working with you, learning with you, and collaborating you to create a happy, whole, and fulfilling life. If you are interested in working together, you can reach me at 512/201-4501, ext. 191.