At Optimal You therapy is a tool used to help identify and affirm clients' strengths. This requires evaluating childhood/adolescent influences, historical traumas, and current esteem. Self-exploration is encouraged in a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment in order to achieve trust, genuineness, and transparency.
Malissa is an empathic and transparent counselor who uses a combination of therapies to help clients identify the root of their issues. Once identified, she encourages clients to address and resolve past and present conflicts (personal, familial, career related,...etc) that impede optimal functioning. As a result, clients will actively engage in activities, which will assist in insight development, increased self-confidence, and improved self-esteem.
Due to Malissa's experience with diverse clientele, she firmly believes that no client is alike regardless of shared diagnoses, symptoms, or situational factors. Therefore, the focus is solely on helping clients to achieve personalized goals by encouraging commitment, practice, and ongoing maintenance.
Malissa is experienced in person-centered therapy and conducts weekly and bi-weekly individual, and couples therapy.
Therapeutic modalities include: Cognitive behavioral therapy, Solution-focused, and Dialectical behavioral therapy.
Malissa has worked as a mental health specialist/counselor/therapist, and consultant in various community-based organizations, outpatient hospital clinics, private practice, incarcerated settings, and telemedicine.