WELLINGTON MARRIAGE COUNSELOR: MELISSA D. SCHWARTZ
Melissa Schwartz, LCSW, LMFT
Center for Individual and Relational Development
Address: 12773 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 214,
Wellington, Florida 33414
Phone: (561) 791-7741
About Melissa:As a busy mother, wife and professional, I understand the importance of maintaining a healthy marriage as the basis of one’s personal and family life. I also understand the challenges as well. As a clinician, I work from a systemic perspective, meaning that I work with the whole family (in some contexts) or with the people involved with the "problem". I work from an empowerment model with the goal of teaching my clients new ways of perceiving their problem, as well as adopting healthier coping and communication skills so they can make their desired changes. I believe the client is not the problem, the problem is the problem, and we will work together to decrease any form of anxiety and/or depression you have about the issue you are experiencing. I feel all people need feedback and support throughout their lives and I believe coming to counseling is a healthy, and positive way of empowering yourself to change for the better. I am an oppression sensitive therapist. I take into account my client's strengths, work from a mutual respect model, and recognize that my client's gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, race, religion, and health, all impact how the client perceives and experiences his/her issue. I have experience working with a multiplicity of issues including: depression, physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, marital/couple counseling, divorce & remarriage, child behavioral problems, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), eating disorders, sexual orientation/sexual identity development, and low self-esteem/assertiveness training. I specialize in the treatment of couples and families.
B.S., University of Florida,
Rehabilitative Counseling; Gerontology, 1994
M.S.W., Florida State University, Clinical Social Work, 1996
Post Graduate Marriage and Family Counseling Certification, Gainesville Family Institute, Marriage and Family Counseling, 1998
License/Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy *
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Florida - License # MT-1796Other Licenses/Certifications *
L.C.S.W., Florida, SW0005422Voluntary Certifications/Awards/Memberships/Publications
I am actively involved
professionally within the community and have presented at multiple state wide
conference on various subjects including: in-home family therapy,
step-families, working with Court ordered therapy and the Department of
Children and Families, working with gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered,
and questioning youth and their families in therapy.
I received my clinical membership to AAMFT in 1999.
I accept most major forms of insurance. I am available weekdays, including evening hours. Please call (561) 791-7741 to arrange an appointment.
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