Melissa McNelly is a licensed professional counselor and psychological associate who practices in central Austin. She enjoys working with people who hope to learn more about themselves by developing awareness and insight in the process of becoming more mindful. Melissa strives to help her patients improve their relationships with spouses, children, family, friends and coworkers. Many of her patients have experienced trauma and Melissa offers a safe space for them to process these events and relationships. Since she practices with psychiatrists, many of Melissa’s patients take medication for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Others, however, do not need or choose to take medication, and their work can be equally beneficial.
Since Melissa was an undergraduate, she has studied how Attachment Theory can be utilized to study the relationships between children and their parents or caretakers. Post graduate school, Melissa has continued to focus on attachment relationships and how those early dynamics influence current relationships. Her approach is analytically based, though she often uses Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, to supplement the dynamic work.
Melissa views therapy as a process of connection between the patient and the therapist. She is an active listener and participant in the sessions and offers non-judgmental feedback. Patients enjoy her humor, honesty and creativity, and many describe her as warm and caring.
Melissa has been a partner in a private psychiatric group since 2004. She attends psychoanalytic conferences and trainings and confers often with her partners and other therapists. Currently, Melissa is conducting sessions via Zoom. Post-Covid, she plans to have a hybrid practice involving a combination of telehealth and in-person visits at her office in a large medical building.
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Personality disorders - Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.
Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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Years of Experience: 31 years
Austin Neuropsychiatric Clinic-self employed, Psychotherapist, 2004 - Present
Jack King, Ed.D. , Psychometrist/Psychotherapist, 2000 - 2004
Kevin McFarley, Ph.D, Psychometrist, 1996 - 2000
Stanford University-Children’s Health Council, Education Assessment and Team Coordinator, 1995 - 1996
University of Texas-Office of the Dean of Student’s, ADA Compliance for Student’s with Disabilities, 1992 - 1994
Austin Neurological Clinic, Psychometrist, 1990 - 1992
University of Norte Dame, Master of Arts in Psychology , 1990
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science in Child Development, minors in English and Early Childhood Education , 1988