Melanie Reese, LMFT, CCTP (she/her)

Hi, I’m Melanie!

I am the founder of Trauma Therapy of Nashville, a private practice serving clients struggling with Trauma, Women’s Issues, Relationships & Chronic Pain and Illness. We are located on Music Row in Nashville, TN. We are a group of practitioners that believe healing occurs by treating the whole person.

My belief that our mind and body are deeply connected has helped me develop a unique approach to mental health wellness with these things in mind. I use clinically tested and evidence-based interventions such as:

  • Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP)
  • Brainspotting (BSP)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) 
  • Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness Practices

With extensive training in Trauma, Brain-based therapiesIntegrative Cognitive-Behavioral and Mindfulness Therapies, I work to empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles and make lasting changes!

I do not meet with clients in the typical 1-hour, weekly session format. I offer Trauma Therapy Intensives to individuals that live in or travel to the state of Tennessee. Intensives focus on regulating the client’s nervous system (where trauma is stored) and processing trauma with brain-based, evidence-based modalities.  Depending on the client’s specific needs and goals, they may choose a 5-Day Intensive or Extended Therapy Sessions, typically 2-3 hours. 

How Do I Know If This is the Right Fit?

I work with clients that typically have experienced some or all of the following:

Often times, clients have tried traditional talk therapies and did not see the benefits they were looking for. My clients have done the work that has created a strong foundation to their healing process, but are ready to dig deep and resolve issues that have been a struggle for many years.

Typical issues addressed in sessions

  • Affairs
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce
  • Emotional Abuse 
  • Life Transitions
  • Mental, Social & Physical aspects of dealing with chronic pain conditions
  • Mood Related Challenges
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Dysfunction 
  • Self-Worth/Self-Identity
  • Sexual Abuse/Assault
  • Spiritual Abuse
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Trauma Rooted in Eating Disorders
  • Traumatic Grief (losing a loved one to suicide, losing someone suddenly)


Therapy Sessions With Me

My style of therapy may be a little different from your typical therapist. As my client, I view you as the expert on your life. I do not view myself as the “know it all” in the room. I have some valuable information that my trainings have afforded me, but your life experiences are just as valuable to the work we will do together. We are a team in this process.

I am straight forward, honest and do not sugar coat things, which my clients have come to value in our sessions. I often have clients tell me “I knew it was something I needed to bring up in session because I didn’t want to hear your honest answer about it!” I like to throw in humor when I can, as I think laughter is good for the soul. We have hot coffee or tea, take our shoes off and pull our feet up, if it’s that kind of day… And one of my therapy dogs will most likely be curled up at your feet or snuggled on the couch next to you! I want you to have conversations you aren’t having or have been afraid to have out in the world, in the most safe environment possible. 

A Little About Me

I have lived in Nashville since 2002 and consider this home. My favorite forms of self care are watching movies that hit every emotion, painting, art/theatre/comedy shows, interior decorating, being outdoors with my dogs and spending time with my friends. I also LOVE plants and currently have 60+ under my care!

Education & Trainings

  • Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University
  •  Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – CCTP
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) – Level 2 Trained
  • Certified Brainspotting (BSP) Practitioner
  • Levels 1-3
  • Body Spotting – Brainspotting Trauma and Chronic Conditions in the Body
  • Generational Brainspotting with Somatic Archeology and Epigenetics
  • Brainspotting Master Class with David Grand: Neuro-Experiential Model for Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation
  • I-EMDR Migraine Headache/Chronic Pain Protocol
  • Level 1 Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Affiliations & Associations

  • AAMFT: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • TAMFT: Tennessee Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • ACA: American Counseling Association
  • IATP: International Association of Trauma Professionals
  • NPI: Nashville Psychotherapy Institute
  • Pet Partners International
  • MCPP: Music City Pet Partners
  • SEBI – Southeast Brainspotting Institute

Fees & Scheduling

Sessions are base on the standard 50-minute therapy hour.

  • 50 min (1-hr) Therapy Session: $195
  • 100 min (2-hr*) ExtendedTherapy Session: $390
  • 150 min (3-hr*) Extended Therapy Session: $585
  • Individual Supervision for Licensure: $85 per clinical hour
  • Group Supervision and Consultation: $25 per clinical hour

* For more information or to schedule an appointment, please email:

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