Melissa Rakowitz, LCMHCA

Outpatient Psychotherapist in South Durham

Melissa (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and an Outpatient Psychotherapist at Three Oaks Behavioral Health & Wellness. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at The University of California Santa Cruz, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health at North Carolina Central University. Melissa is also a certified yoga teacher (YT200).

Melissa approaches her work with a reverence for the uniqueness of each individual’s experience. She is invested in creating a therapeutic relationship based on compassion, trust, and respect while providing a non-judgemental space for clients to feel seen, heard, and supported. Her counseling approach is rooted in Person-Centered Therapy while drawing from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Melissa additionally enjoys integrating elements of mindfulness and somatic work into her practice. Her style is grounding, patient, and contemplative.

Much of Melissa’s experience has been centered around adult members of the LGBTQIA+ community and individuals who practice consensual non-monogamy. She may be a good fit for you if you are seeking assistance with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, interpersonal communication, issues surrounding family of origin, boundary setting, or identity development.

Melissa looks forward to collaborating with you to help you live a life that is aligned with your values and aspirations!


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