Melissa Anderson, Professional Counselor (Pre-Licensed) in Missouri

Melissa Anderson, PLPC

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Our stories and experiences matter. You deserve a safe and non-judgmental space where you feel seen and truly heard.

Life can be incredibly hard at times. We can't control or change what has happened to us, what we needed but didn't get, or how isolating and confusing things can be. Sometimes we don't understand why we feel the way we do, how people interact with us, our reactions, or what to do next. Maybe we don't feel much at all. We don't have to keep repeating the same patterns or relating to ourselves and others in the same ways, even though that might feel impossible right now. I know reflecting on our behaviors, thought patterns, and life experiences can be incredibly difficult, and I’m here to support you through that process.

I use a trauma-informed relational approach that recognizes cultural differences and the ways society can shape our experience. I primarily work with individuals 18 and older, who are often experiencing life transitions of all kinds, exploring gender and sexuality, or facing complex / developmental trauma, depression, chronic stress, relationship challenges, and anxiety. I periodically work with couples/relationships and individuals aged 16+ who identify as LGBTQIA+.

I draw from my training and education in both biology and counseling to highlight the mind-body connection. This can be beneficial in working with somatic effects of trauma, physical symptoms and illnesses, STIs, and many of our other layered experiences that come with having bodies. My practice is sex-positive, fat-positive, and LGBTQIA+ affirming.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Chronic Illness
  • Complex / Developmental Trauma
  • Depression
  • Gender Identity
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Immunodisorders
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Trauma Survivors

Faith Based Specialties

  • Atheism/Agnosticism

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$15.00 - $175.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Cash, Check, Health Savings Account (HSA), Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Professional Counselor (Pre-Licensed)
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
American Counseling Association
Association for Size Diversity and Health
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Lindenwood University
MA - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of Virginia
PhD - Microbiology
University of Virginia
MS - Biological and Physical Sciences