Melissa Nelson, LCSW, CSAC is a therapist at Relief Mental Health in West Allis, Wis. She has nearly 15 years of experience, with five years specifically focused on therapy, helping with clients who feel fearful and stuck because of a traumatic experience, those who’ve experienced feelings of depression, hopelessness, and anxiety, and those who struggle with substance use.
Melissa believes that change is attainable but knows that everyone isn’t always equipped with the necessary skills to navigate life’s challenges. She provides a safe and validating space to learn healthy skills and experience healing.
Through a trauma-informed, patient-centered, skills-focused approach, Melissa identifies individual goals and builds on strengths. Drawing on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness approaches to heal the impact of trauma, Melissa helps patients gain control of distressing emotions while improving their overall mental health.
Melissa earned a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Bachelor degrees in Social Work and in Women’s Studies, also from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She joined Relief in 2022 and resides in Milwaukee with her dog, Buster, and cat, Tobie. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with nature through hiking, camping, and anything to do with being on or in the water. She also enjoys reading and photography.
At Relief Mental Health, Melissa collaborates with a dedicated team of experts. Together, they provide evidence-based therapeutic services, medication management, psychedelic antidepressant therapy (SPRAVATO® esketamine) for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression, and/or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for those struggling with depression, OCD or other diagnoses.