Specialties

Approach

I specialize in therapy for individuals.

Specialty

My practice focuses on maternal mental health and trauma. 

I’m passionate about providing support to new moms, veternan moms, and healing through a pregnancy loss. During prenatal, postpartum, and beyond, mixed feelings can show up at any given time and it can feel isolating, even if you’re surrounded by others. It’s ok to not feel ok. Reaching out for support is a wonderful act of courage and strength.

 

I also work with individuals who have experienced trauma in their childhood, such as verbal, sexual, or physical abuse. If you've struggled with addiction due to trauma, I work with individuals who are working on recovery from alcohol and other drugs. 

Prior to processing difficult emotions or trauma, we will work together on building a positive therapeutic relationship. I will help support and guide you on establishing ways to manage and cope with emotions and triggers you are experiencing. This is important to your success in the therapy process. The primary piece to therapy is feeling safe before moving forward. We will work together at your pace. 

I believe that by providing a safe, compassionate space and effective ways to cope, you can begin to have inner peace with your journey. We’ll openly communicate about how therapy is going and our progress. Please reach out for a free consultation. I look forward to connecting with you!

 

Approach

I use a psychodynamic approach during the therapy process. This means you learn more about yourself and make sense out of your behaviors. I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to work through disruptive emotions, which helps manage triggers in a healthy manner. A trigger is a reminder of an emotional response, for example a scent, sound, or the way someone looks. Many times people don't understand their emotional response so they are unable to make the connection. This is due to how the brain tries to "forget" what has happened. Then we are left not being able to make sense out of our world. I also use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness.

 

I will help you discover a sense of calm to help work through the pain, better manage emotions, and work towards inner peace.

Services:

I provide in-person and online video therapy to adults. We can meet at my office in Lake Geneva, WI or I can meet you at your home. There is also an option for run-walk-talk therapy. You have the option to get outdoors and work through difficult emotions through movement. And when we are side by side, versus making direct eye contact, it can feel safer and more comfortable to open up and work through shameful thoughts you've been experiencing.

When you're ready, I'm here to help you begin the process to your healing journey.

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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