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Melanie Skyler Therapy Austin

Melanie Skyler, LMSW

she/her/hers

Supervised by Arlene Montgomery, LCSW

People come to therapy for as many different reasons as you could imagine. You might already know exactly why you’re here. Or maybe it isn’t so clear what is wrong. Maybe it feels like nothing is ever enough. Or you’re tired, in pain, lost and you can’t stand it anymore. If you’ve found your way to this page, that’s really great. It shows hope, strength, and curiosity.

There are many different types of effective treatments and excellent therapists. It’s good to take the time to research what sounds appealing and helpful to you. It’s also normal to not know and just give someone a shot! In my work I focus on supporting you to gain new insights into yourself- your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, needs, wants, personality, identity and the experiences that have impacted you. My hope is to give you a place to be fully yourself and safe to do the work of healing.

I consider the fascinating science behind mental health and psychotherapy to guide treatment. This includes how the brain and nervous system develop and are shaped by experience, and how therapy and other experiences can measurably change the brain. We can nerd out if that interests you.

Finally, I carefully consider issues of social justice present in our society and culture, and invite discussion of identity. Part of my personal and professional work includes examining my own identities, including the privileged status or unearned advantages I’ve received from being a white citizen, and some disadvantages I’ve had, including growing up poor and being female.

I have helped clients with anxiety and depression, relationship issues, anger and aggression, and military-service and veteran specific issues.

I chose this career path because of the impact my relationships with my own therapists have had on my life. Sitting with them every week helped me face my demons and sadness and find relief. It made a lot of sense to me when I heard, “We are broken in relationships and we are healed in relationships.” We are in a very real way in need of connections and support from other people, it’s in our D.N.A. Through my own life experiences and my studies I’ve come to know that our human life has darkness and pain, but I believe it in my mind and in my heart that hope and healing is possible for all wounds.

I earned my BA from Smith, a seven sisters college, where I studied Comparative Religion and Philosophy. My master’s degree is in clinical social work from UT Austin. My list of favorite things would have to be: my loved ones, learning things, Hip Hop music, dark comedies, Krav Maga, dance and my bearded dragon.

It’s been demonstrated time and time again that the most significant factor for a client to feel better through therapy is mostly about their relationship with the therapist. As a client we need to feel like our therapist can really listen to us, understand us, and show us care, help us help ourselves, handle absolutely anything we bring. I am happy to meet with you and I can also help you connect with another therapist that might be more of a good match for you!

More about Melanie

Area of Expertise

Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Loss, Trauma

Neurobiology,Science of the Mind, Brain and Relationships

Military Service Members and Veterans

Services

Individual Counseling

Locations

South Slaughter
Offsite

Works With

Anxiety & Stress
Trauma
Substance Abuse
Loneliness
Low Self-Esteem
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Problem Thoughts
Perfectionism
Personal Growth
Life Transitions
Grief & Loss
Spirituality
Issues with Parents
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Anger Management
Relationship Issues
Divorce
Domestic Violence
Death & Dying
Chronic Illness
ADD/ADHD
Interrupted sleep/Insomnia
Career Transitions
Problems at Work
Problems at School
Exploring Sexuality/Sexual expression
Questions about Gender
Parenting

Techniques & Experience

Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Anxiety alleviation experience
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Specializing in couples counseling
Trauma-focused
Familiar with substance abuse
Effective with high-conflict couples
Mindfulness modalities
DBT friendly
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Experienced in domestic violence
Integrates art therapies
Career counseling
EMDR
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy

Qualities

Warm & caring
Calm & slow-paced
Friendly & direct
Motherly
Youthful
Active sense of humor
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Enjoys treating young adults
Anxiety alleviation experience
LGBTQ friendly
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Specializing in couples counseling
Trauma focused
Spiritually sensitive
Professional experience other than counseling
Familiar with substance abuse
Effective with high-conflict couples
Mindfulness modalities
DBT friendly
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
ACT - Values Based Therapy
Familiar with military culture
Enjoys working with older adults
Experienced in domestic violence
Integrates art therapies
Career counseling
CBT oriented
Focused on practicing skills
Additional Info

Clinical Supervision

Arlene Marks Montgomery, Ph.D., LCSW-S
1706 Nueces Street 
Austin Tx, 78701
512/474-8317

Contact Melanie

512-201-4501 ext 176
Work with Melanie

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  • Main
    1415 W. 51st St, #1
    Austin, TX 78756
  • Annex
    5052 Burnet Rd.,#205
    Austin, TX 78756
  • North
    8500 Shoal Creek Bldg. 4 #202
    Austin, TX 78757
  • Banister Lane
    4009 Banister Lane, #430
    Austin, TX 78704
  • Slaughter Lane
    1213 W. Slaughter Lane, #130
    Austin, TX 78748
512-201-4501
Monday - Friday
6am - 10pm
Saturday - Sunday
8am - 8pm

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