Melissa's Philosophy of Therapy

It struck Melissa early in her career that many people worry that they haven’t yet arrived to their full potential, or life goals are taking too long, or dreams are never going to happen. She finds it odd when each of us are a living miracle along with all of creation. As Ralph Waldo Emerson put it: we “can’t escape the Universe.” Nobody was brought into this world to feel insecure, doubtful, worried, guilty, inadequate or afraid. No one was born to feel that they are unable to measure up. In Melissa’s eyes there is nothing “wrong” with her clients that needs to be “fixed.” Melissa seeks what is “right” and draws that out instead.

Years before brain scans were available, Melissa used to say we are going to find out that fingerprints are not the only thing unique about people. Science is proving Melissa right. While we all have a brain, each brain and it’s thoughts are unique. Effective, successful therapy is as unique as a fingerprint. While rooted in modern methods of effective, evidence-based treatment, Melissa endeavors to adjust her approach to each person as a completely unique life force.

Rather than staying with a favorite school of thought or therapeutic approach, Melissa strives to think through what help is needed. Inspired by Carl Rogers, she finds it easy and essential to honor the value of each human life. With inspiration and/or training in Brief/Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Depth Psychology, Dream Interpretation, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Psychodynamic, Family Systems, and Mindfulness, she serves her clients, and not her training. Her theories are tools, not idols.

Melissa treats individuals with a combination of intuition, clear thinking, training, experience, deep respect and empathy. She can sense an ill-fitting pattern in people. She loves being part of that process of change. She loves her work more with each passing year.

Melissa B. Severance can and wants to help!

If you are ready to discover your own “secret genius” and transform your life beyond the ordinary, email or call 651-777-3336 to schedule an interview and see if working with Melissa would be a good fit for you.