Melissa M. Senior (she/her), PhD, LP, HSP-P

Licensed Psychologist &
Outpatient Psychotherapist in Apex

Works with ages 5-25

Dr. Melissa Senior (she/her) is a Licensed Psychologist (#5588) at Three Oaks Behavioral Health & Wellness. She conducts comprehensive psychological assessments and is an outpatient psychotherapist. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!), a Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology, and her Doctorate of School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Melissa has over ten years of experience in completing comprehensive psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults. She developed a unique point of view on how schools, parents, and therapists can work most effectively together due to hands-on years of experience in both school systems and private practice. Each evaluation that Melissa completes is tailored to the unique referral questions to improve daily functioning and wellness. Melissa believes evaluations should be multifaceted to better understand one’s difficulties and strengths and identify evidence-based interventions and supports.

In therapy, Melissa works from a strengths-based and whole-child approach, emphasizing building resiliency through partnership and collaboration. Melissa informs her practice with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness practices, positive parenting strategies, and play-based techniques. She identifies and leverages strengths to personalize treatment to fit their individual needs. 

Outside of Three Oaks, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and two beagles. She enjoys cheering on the Boston Bruins, all things Taylor Swift, and drinking coffee.


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