Melanie Alford, LICSW

Melanie Alford, LICSW

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW - 21061
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 17248
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Office 1
4749 Chicago Ave S
Ste 2D
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I am an in-network provider for:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Health Partners
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare

Fees: $160 per session

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Coming from the social work tradition, my goal as a therapist is to uncover and build upon the inner strengths of the clients I work with. Suffering arises when the patterns of behavior and thought that once helped us survive are now keeping us from being the people that we envision ourselves to be. Therapy helps to bring these patterns to consciousness, and change our relationship to ourselves so our true light may be allowed to shine.

I specialize in working with people who have new and chronic health concerns, such as stroke, pain, neurological disorders, cancer, HIV/AIDS, brain injury and mild to moderate dementia. Additionally, I have much experience in helping people adjust to new disabilities, such as limb loss, paraplegia, and/or loss of extremity function. I am well skilled in working with clients who are dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, relationship difficulty, and those who have survived all types of trauma, including sexual, physical, war time, and medical.

I have special interest in working with individuals and couples who identify with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, transgender and non-conforming gender communities. I am a sex and kink positive practitioner.

Email or Call Melanie Alford, LICSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17248

More Info About My Practice

Fees:
$75 Consultation session
$125 for 50 minute session
$150 for a 70 minute session
If you are unable to pay my full fee, please inquire about my policy for negotiated fees.

Payment methods are cash and check. I accept the following insurance: Health Partners, Minnesota Care, Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA)

There are a limited number of home-based therapy sessions that I offer to individuals who are housebound and/or experience significant barriers to getting to the office space.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

What I love most about about being a therapist is the relationships I am able to form with my clients. I see good therapy as a symbiotic experience, a journey that is shared and is client-driven. Ideally, it is an experience where both client and therapist have the good fortune to learn and grow from the relationship itself. Lastly, it is a pleasure and honor to watch a person heal, grow, and find space where they can love and accept themselves as they are.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transitioning, nonbinary.
    Individuals and couples wishing to explore their sexuality and/or sexual practices.
    Individuals coping with cronic health issues, including chronic pain, illness, disability, and brain injury.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Acceptance Training

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