Melissa Roberts New, MSW, LCSW is a seasoned clinician with over fifteen years of experience in child welfare, with a focus on adolescents and young adults in crisis, pregnant and parenting teens, and those who have a trauma history. She is motivated by a passion for adolescents and her community to create therapeutic relationships that are based on compassion, respect, and collaboration. Through building trust and a commitment to authentic relationships she can engage adolescents and young adults who have been considered difficult to work with by others. She utilizes a recovery model of service provision with a strength based perspective and an eclectic mix of therapeutic interventions including: traditional talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, play therapy, and task-focused therapy; as well as faith based counseling when requested. She provides services to youth, their families, and individuals in need. She participates in intra/interagency multi-disciplinary teams to provide comprehensive services to diverse communities and provides clinical supervision to professionals. Additionally, she provides consultation and collaboration with community agencies to further program development and evaluation.
- Certification in Traumatic Stress Studies
- Brain Spoting Phase 1
Samantha Zylstra, LMFT with over fifteen years of experience is excited to be working with a group of excellent clinicians. Her clinical work has focused on providing clients a safe place for healing and deep personal growth. She specializes in treating people and their families who struggle with eating disorders. Eating disorders reflect an unmanageable life in which an individual is using food to cope and avoid feelings. These illnesses can be very scary for the individual and surrounding friends and family. She works with clients to develop healthy coping skills and to discover inner peace. She is a trained internal family systems therapist. This evidence based approach assumes each individual possesses a variety of sub-personalities, or "parts", and attempts to get to know each of these parts better to achieve healing. Clients experience healing in a non-threatening and accepting way.
- Certification in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Donje Swanson, LPC, NCC is a trained trauma professional specializing in helping adolescents and adults who suffer from anxiety, depression, stress management, sexualabuse/assault, grief, major life transitions, and body image issues. She provides a safe and supportive counseling environment free of judgment where clients are invited to openly discuss concerns and to learn more about themselves in order to become empowered, grow emotionally, gain insight, resolve past issues, and to learn the skills to create successful lives. Her background includes training in EMDR therapy, CBT, DBT, and SFBT. She combines her broad technical and theoretical background with a positve strength-based method. People come to grow and change in a variety of ways and as a result, she offers a personalized approach tailored to eaxch of her client's needs with the goal of supportive positive change.
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
- EMDR Trained Therapist