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About Melissa

Melissa Hansen M.S., LPC

I am a pastoral, existential, psychodynamic psychotherapist who longs to see healing, growth, and freedom in the lives of each of my clients.  It is a privilege to sit with clients, to hold their story in my mind and heart, to hear and see them, to laugh and cry with them, and to offer a redemptive, healing perspective whenever I can.  

The connection between mind, body, and spirit is intriguing, mysterious, and powerful.  The depth with which changes in one of these areas affects the others continues to amaze me.  In many fields we try to separate them but we cannot and we see vast amounts of research which continue to support this interconnectedness.  

I entered this field because I wanted to help people in a way that fits who I am, what I have to offer, and in which I believed that I could be the most effective. It isn't glamorous but it is beautiful work - I love what I do!  I love it so much that I often feel more energized when I get home than when I leave in the morning. I like working with individuals but I also enjoy guiding couples toward a deeper understanding of each other, and therefore toward intimacy and new life in their marriage.  Working on relationships is very difficult and often painful but the benefits are worth every bit of work.  Even healthy relationships can benefit from deepening their knowledge of and care for one another.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 


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  Phone: 540-943-8722  Fax: 540-943-5068
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