Melinda Malher-Moran


Melinda Malher-Moran


Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Creative Arts Therapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor - 39003138A
Secondary Credential: LPCC - 3299
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Out of Network Provider
Fees: Household income based sliding scale: $60-$140 per session. I accept all major credit cards, PayPal as well as Health Spending Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
Evening Availability


9135 N Meridian Street
Suite A - 4
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

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My Approach to Helping

I provide creative solutions to fit the unique needs and behaviors of each youth and family. Through our work together my clients are more equipped to manage anger, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, behavior challenges and more.

My approach is driven by three main principles: 1) speaking the language of youth; 2) engaging parentscaregivers and; 3) acceptance and inclusion. Youth communicate and process less through words and more through play, metaphor, and art--these are the modes in which youth problem solve, communicate daily experiences and express feelings. As an expressive arts therapist, utilizing the tools already at the disposal of children and teens allows for a more natural counseling experience. Each session is guided by the client's needs, abilities, age, and interest.

Engaging parents andor caregivers is essential for a youth's progress in therapy. Based on what suits the family best, parents andor caregivers choose to participate in the counseling process in a variety of ways including: family therapy, parent education, behavior monitoring, structured parent-child sessions and, psychoeducational resource consultations.

I believe that an environment of acceptance and inclusion assists all individuals' ability to thrive. A sense of belonging is essential for healing, growth, and progress to occur; my practice is committed to celebrating the unique attributes, characteristics, abilities, and perspectives of each individual.

Contact me today to schedule your complementary phone consultation.

More Info About My Practice

I provide counseling services to youth ages three and up utilizing a variety of therapy techniques including talk-based therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, play therapy techniques, poetry therapy depending on the client's needs.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have worked several years with teens with anxiety, depression, self-harm and low self-esteem and well as through who identify as LGBTQA+. For youth ages three and up, I have experience providing services to adopted youth; children with behavioral challenges; those who have experienced trauma as well as children with developmental challenges including youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I enjoy the relationships built with youth and their families. Through the relationship and therapy work, I have the privilege of watching children and teens grow, change and progress through their challenges.

Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trichotillomania

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Dance / Movement Therapy (DMT)
  • Music Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
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