Melissa Spanton

LMSW

Melissa Spanton

LMSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor, Counsellor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMSW

Offices

Meridian, Idaho 83646

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My Approach to Helping

I am a Licensed Master of Social Work or LMSW. I earned my master’s degree from Idaho State University in 2022. My first internship included group projects and one on one therapy with seniors who lived at Syringa Chalet in Blackfoot, Idaho. My second internship included working in the START program (Student Transitions and Retention Track) with adults whose goal was to go to college and they needed extra support to do so. The START program at Idaho State University included group work, EQ or emotional intelligence learning, and one on one therapy. I completed my capstone project on preventing suicide in LGBTQIA+ youth and strives to provide them the therapeutic support that they need. I also received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Financial Therapy, Suicide Prevention, and Trauma Informed Care.

I am passionate about working with others to improve their quality of life and give them the tools to navigate everyday issues that inevitably arise. I believe that attitude is important and that it takes consistent work to have a daily positive outlook, with support and collaboration being a key element to health and well-being.

When I am not working, I likes to practice yoga, play with my grandchildren, cook meals for my family, dance, and sing karaoke. Setting goals for well-being and consistent improvement are on my agenda for life.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Schizophrenia
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dance / Movement Therapy (DMT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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