My Best Work

Through my experience working with individuals and families, I had discovered my calling was working with maternal mental health and unresolved childhood trauma. 

How I Began My Career as a Therapist

I started as an In-Home Psychotherapist working with children and adolescents in their homes doing intensive therapy and also providing weekly family sessions. Much of my work was done with individuals who had experienced some type of trauma. Adolescents often deal with their trauma by externalizing (hitting others, destroying property, etc.) or internalizing (self-harming) their behaviors. 

 

Prior to my work as an In-Home Psychotherapist, I worked six years making home visits to new moms; including Spanish-speaking individuals. After eight years of in-home work, I transitioned to a behavioral hospital and worked there for three years in the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs.

 

My work has also included individuals who struggle with substance abuse. Many times individuals abuse substances to "cope" and avoid the emotional pain. If you're ready to work through a trauma, I'm here to help. I don't ask for complete abstinence from substances, I do ask for you to be ready and willing to trust the process. We start slow with building a therapeutic relationship and eventually begin deeper work when you're ready. 

About me

I studied Spanish and nutrition during undergrad and found a love to travel to explore other cultures. My full-time job after earning my Bachelor of Arts was working within the community and visiting new parents' homes to discuss and educate on child development. After a few years of doing this kind of work, I knew there was a greater calling. I continued my work full-time and started graduate school to become a psychotherapist. I graduated from UW-Whitewater Counselor Education program in 2013 and received my Masters of Science degree. I had worked alongside a phenomenal professor that guided my individual work as a trauma therapist. I found that my best work is done with adults and adolescents who have unresolved issues from childhood and particularly childhood abuse. As I continued my practice, I found a deeper passion for maternal mental health after having my second child. 

I'm married and have a five-year-old daughter who is full of lovable spunk and a son who is one.

 

I absolutely love the outdoors and a nice run in nature or a fun workout at home with my kiddos. 

When you're ready, I'm here for you to start the process.

To find out if therapy is a right fit for you...

In-Person Therapy

We can meet at my office space.

Office location:

647 W. Main St.

Suite 900

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Run-Walk-Talk Therapy

 

Movement and being outdoors increases creativity and opens the mind, making it easier to open up and work through negative thoughts and feelings. When we are side-by-side rather than making direct eye contact, it reduces individuals' self-judgment. 

Online Therapy

Takes the same approach as in-home with the exception of doing face-to-face online therapy. This is done anywhere in Wisconsin via video. If you live in a rural area or have a tight schedule, online therapy provides accessibility and convenience.

Mom Support Therapy

Is designed especially for pregnant women and postpartum moms who are struggling with feeling emotionally overwhelmed, alone, depressed, anxious, or have a sense of identity loss. Having support during this time period will help you to not feel alone.

Contact

Melinda Pedersen, MS, LPC, NCC

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