Melissa Gordon-Pitts, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW graduated from the University of Maryland's School of Social Work with her Masters in 2001. She has 14 years of experience in the mental health field counseling individuals, children, families, couples and groups. In addition to being a therapist Melissa has worked in the foster care field and understands the unique needs of its population. She has also traveled extensively providing trainings related to clinical, social welfare and spiritual issues. Melissa has extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has experience providing therapy for the following:
When you are ready to begin therapy, Melissa will sit with you and discuss your needs. Next, she will work with you to outline your goals for therapy. Once your goals are determined, a treatment plan will be established so that you can track your progress. All therapeutic interventions will be tailored to your unique needs and situation. Melissa looks forward to providing the best possible clinical services.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
My educational experience includes an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Clair College in Canada , A Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Family and Social Relations from the University of Windsor in Canada and A Masters Degree In Social Work from Norfolk State University. My Work experience includes intensive in home counseling for children at risk of removal from the home, inpatient therapy within an Acute Hospital Setting, Emergency Psychiatric Treatment with The City of Alexandria and Outpatient Counseling with the Department of Defense.
I have extensive experience working with individuals across the life span, families and groups from various backgrounds, cultures and age groups with a wide range of psychosocial stressors including but not limited to divorce, mental health, eating disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence, maturational stress, military lifestyle, interpersonal/intrapersonal conflicts, suicidal ideations , grief and loss, child/adult abuse, parent child -relational issues.
My clinical focus is prevention through empowering individuals , families and couples , with the strengths and abilities they have within to overcome life's stressors. My approach in counseling is eclectic in which I utilize therapeutic modalities (not limited to) such as Acceptance Therapy, Crisis Therapy, CBT, Person Centered Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to foster and institute change.