Before I began seeing Melissa, I had attempted to diagnose and self-treat my anxiety and depression for nearly a decade. During this time my symptoms only became worse and one issue manifested into struggles with eating, body image, confidence, and more.
After accepting that therapy was a necessary step to take, I began weekly sessions with Melissa where we focused on developing cognitive-behavioral strategies. The exercises she provided me as weekly homework were always manageable, relevant, and helped tremendously. The frequency of our sessions decreased as my condition improved, and in less than a year I “graduated” from our regular sessions.
Shortly after our sessions ended, I moved in the direction of picking up my old habits. However, before I could even schedule an appointment to see her, I had successfully turned myself around, back towards recovery. I understand that relapse is common, but I am confident that her treatment has given me the strength and aptitude to maintain these healthy habits, and live a healthy and happy life.
I was never been able to be proud of myself until I began seeing and making progress with Melissa. I am forever grateful to her for helping me work through my struggles, and finally begin to live my life. She equipped me with skills that I will continue to practice and gave me information that I will reference for the rest of my life.