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— Mary Oliver

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

Trauma Therapy Nashville

Welcome to my practice, I’m so glad you stopped by and I would like to tell you what therapy here is all about!

We are made up of the experiences and memories from our past that have been integrated into how we show up in our own lives and relationships today. Your mind and body are deeply connected and I’ve developed my approach to mental health wellness with these things in mind.

I recognize you are having a human experience and accept you without judgement, wherever you may be. You will always get an empathetic heart and truthful insight, mixed with a little humor when we meet. It’s always my goal that you leave feeling heard and also challenged in each session.

I enjoy working with Individuals, Young Adults & Women dealing with issues such as:  Trauma & The Effects of Trauma – Trauma takes many forms, but can look like Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse, PTSD, Traumatic Grief, Depression, Anxiety, Dissociation & more.  Women’s Issues –  Often rooted in attachment wounds from childhood; Self-Worth, Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, Life Transitions, Divorce, Affairs, Coping Skills, Relationship Disfunction & more.  Migraines Headaches & Chronic Pain – The constant pain experienced from migraines and any chronic pain condition can be debilitating and also mentally draining. For many, these are symptoms rooted in a trauma we have experienced. Resolving the trauma can greatly reduce or eliminate these symptoms.

I often integrate several therapy methods that fit the needs of each client. I believe that we are all unique and do not fit one “formula” of therapy. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR – Level II), Brainspotting, Animal Assisted Therapy (Canine) and Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

I am also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of  Integrative Therapy of Nashville, a Collective of nutritionists, massage therapists, mental health therapists and holistic wellness practitioners that also believe healing occurs in treating the whole person.

As a collective set of minds, we are able to offer comprehensive treatment options to our clients. You have more than just a therapist, but a treatment team available should you need it!  Often times, a client is working on a specific issue with their provider and the additional help of EMDR, Brainspotting or Yoga Therapy is a helpful tool in their process.

I hope you will explore my site and find some helpful information and resources!

About Melanie


I’m here for you.

I know what it’s like to be where you are, literally. That’s how I found my way to being a therapist and working with the population that I do. I remember being in a difficult time in my life and thinking “I can’t wait until I look back and see how far I have come.” At the time, I couldn’t see it, but I knew it would come if I believed in myself and did the work. It may be hard to believe in yourself right now…but I can believe in you until you get there. Let’s work together and get you where you want to be!


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What Clients Are Saying

I feel as though she truly knows me and cares about me.

“Melanie is a wonderful therapist. Her insight, encouragement and support for the past 5 months has helped me tremendously. When I meet with her, I feel as though she truly knows me and cares about me. Melanie has taught me how to remain confident in the face of life’s difficulties, and I am thankful to have her in my life.”

~ Female. 22

Melanie has helped us restore our faith in one another.

“Through a lot of hurt and betrayal I lost faith and hope in my marriage. Over the last year, Melanie has helped us restore our faith in one another and believe in friendship with my husband again.”

~ Female. 39

Melanie is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me!

“I found Melanie after a long few years struggling with anxiety. I had been resistant to therapy my whole life thinking I didn’t need it, but I finally got to a place that I felt there was no other option. I’m so glad I did. Melanie is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me! Not only did she help me with my anxiety, she got me to address things I had been carrying around my whole life that I was unaware of or in denial of. I am a completely different person than I was when I first walked into her office and I am so proud of the work we did together. I can’t recommend her highly enough! Go see her.”

~ Female. 26

She gave her tools to help her work through her problems

“Melanie really connected with my daughter. She gave her tools to help her work through her problems and to make it easier to cope with being a pre-teen. The passion Melanie has for this work is evident and she is such a joy to be around.”

~ Mom to Pre-teen. 12

Videos: EMDR & Trauma – Relationship Withdrawal – EMDR & Chronic Pain

The videos below will give you some insight into the benefits of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for treating trauma and chronic pain, and also the difficulty we experience in withdrawing from relationships.

At Integrative Therapy of Nashville, you will find a safe and welcoming place to address issues such as addiction, anxiety, behavioral disorders, codependency, depression, disassociation, divorce, eating disorders, emotional abuse, emotional disturbance, grief, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationship dysfunction, and sexual abuse.

Seeking help can be a difficult decision and can take a lot of courage. As a licensed and experienced therapist, I can empathize and understand the difficulties that arise in your life. I help clients overcome their personal obstacles using evidence-based treatment approaches. My goal is to guide you through integrative treatment options including trauma sensitive yoga, natural migraine treatment, animal assisted therapy, and EMDR in Nashville.

Trauma has an enormous effect on the body and the brain. When you absorb trauma, the way your body reacts to the environment around you can change drastically. You might become overly vigilant or be unable to calm down when experiencing triggers from a traumatic experience. Trauma sensitive yoga can help regulate your emotions, calm your mind, and control your physical responses.

I suffered from migraines at a young age and know how it can affect all aspects of your life. With natural migraine treatment, you can decrease debilitating chronic pain without using any medications. I employ a combination of EMDR, diaphragmatic breathing, and head compression to alleviate migraine headache and other long-term pain conditions.

Are you looking for a therapist who offers canine animal assisted therapy? It’s no secret that animals can provide a sense of calm and comfort. In fact, petting dogs causes the release of endorphins and other feel-good hormones in your body. Having a therapy dog present during our sessions not only offers great benefits for mental and physical health, but also enhances socialization and communication skills.

is an extensively researched approach, proven effective by scientific studies. There are hundreds of successful treatment cases all over the globe, making this method often preferred for PTSD. In my years as a therapist, I have found that EMDR enables individuals to heal from the emotional distress and trauma brought on by disturbing life experiences.

It is important to find a therapist in Nashville that can help you focus on feelings and negative thoughts that can take hold of you and prevent you from healing. Helping clients thrive despite long-term mental health issues is central to my practice. I want you to have the continuous support and therapy you need and deserve.

Being an integrative therapist enables me to provide a unique and effective counseling approach. I offer you an accepting, nurturing, and collaborative space where I can help you resolve issues that seem too big to overcome alone. As a therapist specializing in women’s issues and trauma counseling in Nashville, I can help you gain more insight about yourself and assist you in finding your way to a healthy, happy life. Through integrative therapy, you can grasp the future and gain freedom from the things that are adversely affecting your life.

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