Melissa Walker is a psychotherapist practicing with individuals, couples, and groups. Many people working with Melissa struggle with depression or anxiety. They may have trouble finding or holding on to meaningful connections with others, uncertainties about their career or life path, creative blocks, difficulty navigating major life transitions, or they may have too much (or not enough!) conflict with others. Melissa is particularly skilled at working with those who have endured challenging dynamics in their family lives, and also has expertise in working with adults who were adopted in infancy or childhood.
Melissa is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This means that she takes into account the whole person, including their current circumstances, strengths, and challenges, the forces that have shaped them, those aspects of themselves that they are consciously aware of, and those parts sitting just outside awareness. Melissa is passionate about helping people better understand the connections between their past experiences and patterns in their current lives and relationships. Melissa listens attentively, with respect and curiosity, helping people put words to inner experience. Through this process, insight and self-awareness grow, along with a wider array of possibilities for oneself.
Melissa received her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work, and went on to obtain advanced post-graduate training in psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. She worked in community mental health centers where she gained extensive experience with complex and acute trauma, on inpatient psychiatric units focused on the treatment of eating disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric conditions, and in a day treatment program for troubled adolescents. In addition to her work with her own clients, Melissa provides clinical consultation to early-career therapists individually and in groups, and is an instructor in a post-graduate certificate program for mental health clinicians.
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, career changes, or becoming a parent; exploring the shifts in identity that accompany these transitions
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
Adoption - Working with adult adoptees to process the experience of adoption; exploring issues related to family dynamics, identity, loss, attachment, self-esteem, and relationships; support for those considering or involved in birth family search or reunion
Complex trauma - Healing from long-term emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or neglect; coping with the impact of repeated boundary violations, rejections, or betrayals; recovery from deeply ingrained patterns of abandonment, neglect, or enmeshment in one's family of origin
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Years of Experience: 14 years
Private Practice , 2011 - Present
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, 2011 - Present
The Fifth Avenue Counseling Center, 2014 - 2015
Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services, 2007 - 2013
The Center for Group Studies, Modern Group Analysis, 2021
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Psychoanalysis, 2021
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 2007
New York: 078046
An online process group for adults (23+) of any gender who are interested in expanding their capacity for connection with others and developing insight into patterns in their interpersonal interactions and relationships.