Melissa Yang, Mental Health Counselor (Pre-Licensed)

Melissa Yang, SUDP, LMHCA

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I am an experienced addictions counselor and have been also conducting mental health therapy as an intern and now licensed associate. My specialties are LBGTQ+ populations; forensic population with a focus on individuals who have PTSD and childhood trauma; marriage and family; and complex trauma.

My name is Melissa Yang, I am from Tacoma, WA and have also lived in the Midwest. I love going on outdoor adventures with my family and dogs. I am both a parent and a grandparent. My approach to counseling is one that is both humanistic and eclectic, which means that I can use various techniques from multiple theoretical approaches and believe that the client is the one in the "driver's seat." I believe that I have much to offer my clients as I am empathetic, genuine, and practice active listening. I have cultural competency and have experienced life in multiple cultures, as well as believe that where we come from has a great impact on who we are today. We are all individuals; therefore each client will have a different set of expectations and needs. I strive to provide services that accommodate everyone.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Betrayal Trauma
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Criminal Justice Involvement
  • Custody Evaluation
  • Depression
  • Developmental & Intellectual Disorders
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gambling
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Hoarding
  • Internet/Social Media Addiction
  • Law Enforcement/First Responders
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Narcissism
  • Nutrition
  • Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sex And/Or Pornography Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Violence
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

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

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs
  • Asian
  • Immunodisorders
  • Lgbtqia+
  • People With Disabilities
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors

Faith Based Specialties

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Cash, Paypal, Zelle, Credit Card, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Aetna
,
Alliance
,
Anthem
,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
,
Cigna
,
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services
,
Humana
,
Medicaid
,
Optum
,

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
1
License(s)
License #
state
Mental Health Counselor (Pre-Licensed)
Washington
Professional Certification(s)
Organization
Date
Substance Use Disorder Professional
Washington State Department of Health
2011
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Walden University
Masters clinical mental health counseling
2021
Colorado Technical University
MSM Management, Criminal Justice
2009