Trauma Informed Approach
Melissa Musgrove, MSW, LCSW, will be located at the South Hills office and taking both in-person and online therapy appointments. She approaches therapy through trauma informed, person-centered, and strengths-based lenses. Whether you are looking for services that address something specific (anxiety, grief, depression, etc.) or just need a non-judgmental ear to listen, she is very much looking forward to helping facilitate the growth you’re looking to achieve. It takes a lot of courage and strength to ask for help and to be vulnerable; Melissa hopes to help you see what you’re made of.
Melissa understands that not all treatments or approaches are one-sized fits all. Each person is as unique as the next, each with their own distinctive sets of strengths, needs, and areas for growth. Melissa is skilled in a range of therapeutic approaches from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Motivational Interviewing to Solution-Focused Therapies.
Education & Experience
A 2004 graduate of Bethel Park High School, Melissa went on to obtain her BA in Psychology from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. After graduating in 2008, Melissa then spent time working for Erie County Crisis Services as a Mobile Crisis Worker. When life brought her to the DC area, she worked for a time as a Community Support Worker, going in to some of DC’s most vulnerable communities and working with clients experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. Knowing that she had a lot more to offer, she decided it was time to return to school and further her education.
Melissa enrolled in the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2011. Graduate school brought her practical experience through field placements working as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and for one of DC’s largest social service non-profits which provided a full-range of medical and behavioral health services, including mental health and addiction treatment, to the District’s homeless population. This is where she found her passion in working with individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
She graduated with her MSW in 2013. Immediately obtaining her graduate level license, Melissa began working as an addictions counselor for the same non-profit she interned at in graduate school. In 2018, Melissa transitioned and applied her co-occurring treatment skillset to the incarcerated population in Maryland, where she had been working up until the news of her move back to the Pittsburgh area.
When Melissa isn’t working, she enjoys staying connected and grounded with her family and friends – especially with her husband and their precious 2 year old son. Melissa’s favorite season is hockey season (Go Pens!). She also loves a good book (thrillers, crime, sci-fi), shopping, and a binging a TV show here and there. She would describe herself as a homebody that dreams of traveling, someone with a sunny-disposition yet a realistic approach to daily life, and a “wanna-be” runner with no desire to run (but she loves a challenging cycling class). She believes that whole foods, daily movement, and proper rest are key to maintaining overall wellness. Humor and laughter are one of her favorite ways to connect.
How to Get Started
Melissa provides in-person therapy in our South Hills location as well as online therapy. You can reach us at 412-322-2129 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Or contact us here.