Jennifer Vane Melrose Ph.D.Licensed Psychologist
Jennifer Vane Melrose Ph.D.
My treatment framework draws from cognitive behavioral and client centered perspectives. My belief is that we all possess thoughts, world-views, or self-schemas which greatly impact our behaviors and emotional experience. For some, these thoughts or ideas may lead to significant emotional distress and/or unhealthy behaviors or choices which impact ourselves and our relationships. Identifying how thoughts uniquely impact our feelings and, in turn, how these feelings powerfully influence our behavior, provides insight necessary for positive change and growth. Through therapy, I provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which clients can work toward greater understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and discover more effective and enjoyable ways of living. Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT is often considered the treatment of choice for various difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, and chronic relationship difficulties. I have specialized training in CBT and have a strong passion for using this modality with my clients.
I also see the therapist-client relationship as a meaningful aspect of the therapy process and often use the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle in which clients can learn about their interpersonal functioning. I consider the therapy relationship a “microcosm” of how individuals behave, react, and feel outside therapy. When relevant and when possible, I use interactions in the therapy relationship to help my clients achieve greater understanding of how they are in relationships with others.
Common issues I work with include:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Chronic worry
- Social Anxiety
- Coping with Infertility
- Diversity concerns
- Family conflict
- Career dissatisfaction and/or career exploration
- Intimate relationship problems
- Dating and social difficulties
- Increasing self confidence and self esteem
- Difficult life transitions, changes, and challenges (e.g. coping with divorce, transitions, career changes)