Melissa Stephen, LLMSW



University of Michigan

Year Graduated


License and State


Meet Melissa Stephen, LLMSW

Do you feel stuck or overwhelmed? Do you seek change, but feel unsure where to begin? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything but it’s not working? Let’s do the work in therapy so you can live the life you want to live. Change is possible. 


Trooper is my therapy dog and together we are committed to establishing trusting, meaningful relationships to inspire change. We are hardwired for connection—this is at the heart of our work. We purposefully create an affirming environment where you will feel seen, heard, validated, and empowered to embrace changes. Let’s connect and work towards the progress you hope to achieve by strategizing and establishing effective coping skills to meet your customized therapy goals. 


With my background in studio art, ceramics, design, and yoga—creativity and mindfulness inform my approach to therapy. Inclusivity and intersectionality shape my belief in anti-racist, feminist, humanistic, holistic, and social justice approaches to therapy. 


Choose either virtual therapy or come meet Trooper and me in-person for tail wags and warm greetings. 


I work with adults seeking therapy for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Trauma (PTSD & CPTSD)
  • Neurodiversity/ADHD
  • Learning Differences 
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraine, Epilepsy, IBS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, etc. 
  • Disability 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussions (TBI)
  • Food Addiction & Binge Eating Disorder 
  • Self-Esteem 
  • Relationships 
  • Blended Families
  • Emotional Support Animals 
  • Life transitions across the lifespan


My individualized trauma-informed therapy is customized to your needs and draws from evidenced-based modalities such as:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Attachment Theory
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Strength Based Therapy 
  • Solution Focused Therapy


About the space: I am mindful of sensory needs, including sounds, lights, smells, textured surfaces, alternative seating, etc. I invite you to get comfortable and kick your shoes off (optional).