“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better”-Maya Angelous
Welcome! My name is Melanie Amini-Hajibashi and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on Trauma in 2020 from Mount Mary University. I earned my life coaching certification from Thrive! Human Capitol Development in 2017 and my undergraduate degree from Alverno College in 2016 with a degree Psychology, English, and Creative Writing.
My background includes extensive work with teens and adults who live with anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction. I also work closely with parents on parental skills coaching, ways to balance raising a child while navigating their own mental health, and what it means to give ourselves grace.
My approach to mental health is one that is realistic and tangible. I want every individual to feel empowered on the personal journey of self-healing. Together we create a road map of where we came from and where we’re headed.
Healing hurts because we begin to face the underlying issues we have been avoiding. That is why my approach is gentle, patient, real, and realistic.
Many of our life experiences are covered in deep layers of shame, unworthiness, fear, anxiety, and judgement. Trust me, I know.
With my own personal high ACE score (Adverse Childhood Experiences), I know that it can be hard to move forward and succeed. That’s why one of my greatest strengths as a therapist is fostering a safe working relationship. We cry, we laugh, we swear, we get stuck, and we repair. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/03/02/387007941/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean
I take a wellness approach to mental health because I truly believe, “all things are connected”. Without a healthy body, how can we have a healthy mind? With a toxic relationship, how can we learn what love, intimacy, and safety feels like? Without learning how to take care of our finances, how can we build? Without treating the family, how can we treat the individual?
Within this website, I hope you learn about yourself, your loved ones, and helpful tools you can apply immediately to improve the quality of your life.