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
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 informed by her belief that life is always changing and changes can be difficult to navigate alone. These changes may cause or be caused by anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences, or loss of identity. They are complicated and can leave a sense of being overwhelmed and in need of support. She provides that support by working alongside her clients to form a plan together on how to facilitate positive and healthy changes. She believes that change comes from accepting ourselves where we are and working towards growth. Her approach is accepting, non-judgmental, and genuine. She utilizes therapeutic approaches that assist in healing and progress whether for individual, couple or family sessions. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She looks forward to helping each client work towards self-improvement.
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
- School Counseling Certification