Melissa Buchanan,MS, LMHC, CCTP

Melissa Buchanan,MS, LMHC, CCTP

Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • United Health Care
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Lakeland, Florida 33815
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

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My Approach to Helping

Hi! My name is Melissa and I would love the chance to hear your story and walk alongside you on your journey. As a therapist, I aim to be in your corner, creating a safe place to help you process, think outside the box, and feel supported. I believe many factors impact who you are today (such as your upbringing or culture and relationship influences), but they do not have to determine your future. While counseling with me, we can get through your concerns together, focusing additionally on your hopes and dreams for the future, in lieu of the things weighing you down and causing you pain.

I use an integrative therapeutic approach because I believe every individual is unique and requires their own specific treatment plan. I say that I tend to work with the "strong" individuals who hold it together for everyone else but are having a tough time asking for help and need support navigating mental health challenges related to anxiety, recurring unhealthy relationships, and unhealed trauma. I regularly see clients (individuals, couples, and families) transform and find a balance between pursuing their dreams and being there for others, navigating life's ups and downs better than they ever have.

Finding the right therapist is important and can feel overwhelming so know that I offer a free, 10 minute phone consultation to alleviate some fears, discuss your goals, answer any questions, and to see if we are a great match for your needs. Whether you are new to therapy or not, I personally believe going to therapy is one of the strongest things you can do!

Reach out today for support because you don't have to do this alone!

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Mr. Rogers

More Info About My Practice

I take insurance as well as private pay options, seeing clients on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. I try to make the process of therapy easy to focus on getting you support as soon as possible.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have extensive experience and mind body training in somatic, trauma, and attachment work as well as work with those who tend to "hold it all together" for others, deal with perfectionism, and people pleasing. Additionally, I have worked with those battling a chronic illness or those with disabilities.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

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