Melanie Carson, Therapist, LMSW
Niche: Adults 18+, Life Transitions, Relationships, Parenting, Caregiving, Adult ADHD, Depression & Anxiety
As we navigate daily life sometimes we come across rough waters that overwhelm us, leaving us feeling adrift, without direction or purpose, even stranded and alone. Finding the "right" direction can be petrifying! In both my professional and private life, I've learned that getting support is integral to finding our way again. After a career including museum work, communications and fundraising for charitable organizations, I finally followed my heart. I returned to school to earn a Masters in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from George Mason University, graduating (again) in 2016. Since then I’ve worked in Hospice, helping individuals and families find meaning and support at the end of life, then transitioned to one-on-one crisis counseling, supporting clients through a myriad of life challenges. I am passionate about helping adults and couples learn new skills, uncover new perspectives, connect with a source of strength, and choose a more authentic path.
My clinical training and philosophy reflect a holistic orientation and I typically engage with clients from a strengths-based approach utilizing Acceptance & Commitment, Cognitive Behavioral, and Solution-Focused Therapies. When possible, I like to incorporate activities that encourage new perspectives to emerge, such as Narrative, Art and mindfulness-based therapies.
I am originally from Pensacola, Florida but have fallen in love with the Annapolis area. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter and our pets. I love to play board games, dabble in a variety of craft activities and travel at every opportunity.