Melanie Chitwood

Melanie Chitwood, M.A.

LMHCA, NCC

901 Boren Ave.
Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-305-0672

Fax: 206-624-7624

Email: Email Melanie Chitwood

Primary Focus: Abuse / Incest / PTSD Counseling, Adult Adjustment / Life Transitioning Counseling, Child / Teen Counseling, Couples / Marriage Counseling, Grief Counseling, Specialty Issues, Stress / Depression Counseling

Scope of Practice

I work with adults, adolescents, and couples, as well as providing family counseling with teens and their parents or guardians. I have experience in and a passion for working with clients across a wide range of presenting issues as indicated in the range of focus section below. [Please excuse the lack of formatting on this page at present - it is being looked into. I realize it makes the content more cumbersome to read. I hope you stick in there with me in the meantime, as the substance is there.]

Range of Focus

  • Adolescents and Parents: Individuation / Separation Issues
  • Any adjustment and transition issues
  • Communication Issues
  • Couples on the Brink of Divorce/Discernment Counseling
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Expatriate, Repatriate, & Relocation Adjustment
  • Grief & Loss
  • Infertility Issues
  • Inter-cultural/Inter-racial Relationships
  • Life Adjustment
  • Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Parent Coping
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Teens / Young Adults Counseling
  • Workplace Issues
  • loss of meaning
  • Anger
  • Bereavement
  • Couples Counseling
  • Death & Dying
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Giftedness
  • Healing from Trauma
  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Loss of job
  • PTSD
  • Rejection by Family of Origin
  • School / Peer Adjustments
  • Self Identity
  • Sense of Self
  • Stress & Coping
  • Witness to traumatic event
  • commitment/marriage/divorce
  • relationship/self-esteem

Values and Philosophy

I believe that human suffering is a normal part of life, rather than a deficiency or pathology, and I value and honor difference. When individuals challenge themselves outside of their comfort zone, I think it is only natural that they will face periods of unease. In confronting this unease, I feel there is an opportunity to learn about oneself and to grow and evolve. I find it phenomenally rewarding to work with people seeking to gain insight, to heal, and to transform themselves, and I feel honored to be a part of that process with clients.

Therapeutic Technique and Methodology

The foundation to my approach to therapy is from a person-centered and existential lens in which I seek to understand the client’s world view from their perspective, without assumption or stereotype, but rather through unpacking meaning with the client and meeting them where they are. I tailor an integration of therapy models for each client's individual needs and personality rather than having a one size fits all approach. I draw upon evidence based methods as is appropriate.

Education, Certification and Professional Associations

Degrees and Certifications

Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016
Adams State University
United States

Graduate Diploma in Psychology, 2011
London Metropolitan University
London, United Kingdom

Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counseling, 2007
Regent's University London
London, United Kingdom

Master of Science in TESOL, 2001
Florida International University
United States

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1993
University of Florida
United States

Memberships
  • American Counseling Association
  • British Psychological Society
  • Association of Contextual Behavioral Science

Licenses to Practice and Registrations

Licenses

Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate
License number: MC 60692213

Registrations
  • National Certified Counselor (742013)

Payment Information and Hours

Please contact me regarding fees. I have office hours Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 7am and 8pm. I also offer some weekend slots.

Insurance Reimbursement Provider For: Out-of-Network Provider

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