Melisa Holdway, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)

Melisa Holdway, LMHC

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Welcome! I began my career as a substance abuse counselor providing trauma-informed therapy to people struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. I currently practice individual therapy assisting clients in developing insight and building needed skills so that they can freely move towards meaningful goals and live true to themselves. Authenticity within a free and responsible life is what is important to me and what is central in my work with clients. I want you to be free to live your life as you truly are and be able to confidently take full responsibility for all of your actions and decisions because you are living to your authentic self. Contact me below to get started on your journey!

Authenticity is an important part of life, and it is an important part of who I am professionally, so I will be a little more practical and share some of the so called "nuts and bolts" of who I am as a therapist. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington providing psychotherapy to individuals struggling with various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, crisis, personality disorders, family issues, grief and loss, and substance abuse, among others. I practice therapy that is rooted in existential theory which emphasizes that meaning is the substance of our lives and gives us a reason to do what we do. It also focuses on the fact that we are both free and responsible simultaneously. The therapy I practice is focused on you! My goal is to engage you in therapy in a way which is gentle and respectful honoring your boundaries, values, goals, hopes, and dreams. My therapy is eclectic in its approach so that each session is tailored to you and meets the needs presented in each session in a personalized way. I will draw from various therapies such as Existential, Person-Centered, CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, or Motivational Interviewing in order to meet your needs most effectively. This allows you to obtain the help you need, when and how you need it. If this sounds like a good fit for you, I would be happy to join you in your journey. I look forward to meeting you!

Therapy is offered to Washington state residents in an online format. Telehealth sessions are conducted for 45 minutes for a set fee on a HIPAA compliant platform. Documentation is provided and signed electronically and stored consistently with HIPAA and state rules and regulations. No special software is required on the part of the client and all documentation and homework are available to the client for review at any time by logging into the platform.

I hope to speak to you soon!

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Adoption & Fostering
  • Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Criminal Justice Involvement
  • Depression
  • Developmental & Intellectual Disorders
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Family Conflict
  • Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Hoarding
  • Law Enforcement/First Responders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pet Loss
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Immunodisorders
  • Military Families
  • People With Disabilities
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Veterans

Faith Based Specialties

  • Atheism/Agnosticism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Faith Affirming Approach Focused On Client Beliefs And Values
  • Indigenous American Religions
  • Judaism

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$75.00 - $125.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Health Savings Account (HSA), Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)
LH 61129227
Professional Certification(s)
Nationally Certified Counselor
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Adams State University
Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health Counseling