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You feel overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted. You often get lost in the thousand thoughts rushing through your mind. You worry about things that haven’t happened…yet. You doubt yourself, wonder how you can get everything done that you need to do, and are afraid of what other people would think if they knew your thoughts. Sometimes, you feel like you are an actor, showing a different face to different people because you have to be what they expect. Maybe you’re not sure who you really are or what you really want. 

Your vision is a calm, peaceful life where you feel that you have all that you need within you to be able to handle life’s storms. You desire to be a kind person, loving partner, gentle parent, and authentic friend. Most importantly, you are ready to examine your struggles to become the person you envision yourself being in the future.

I am ready to be your guide. Together we customize a plan to help you obtain the peace of mind you seek. Your plan will include real stress management skills that actually work for you because you get choices and provide feedback on what works or not. Next, we will find the root problem of your issues and resolve it, as you are ready to face it.

The best thing you have to offer the world is yourself. As you change your life for the better, your changes may begin the ripple effect which will change the world. Call (417) 234-9857 to begin the journey today with a free 15 minute phone consultation.

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About

As I became a young professional and a mother, I faced overwhelming anxiety, depression, fear, and scary thoughts. I didn’t understand what was going on with me. The young woman looking back at me in the mirror was often not the person I wanted to be; she was afraid to live and afraid to not live. The brave, smiling face that she showed everyone was a mask. On the inside, she was quivering in terror.

Facing motherhood was terrifying. I wasn’t sure I could do this. How could I make sure that I didn’t repeat what had happened to me? I knew that I had to address my fears in order to be a healthy person and a gentle mother. But I didn’t know how to do that so I could become who I wanted to be. That was my crisis point.

Uncertain of all the roots of my issues, I began self-exploration. I was finally ready to face my past and admit that I was a survivor of longterm abuse and neglect. My past experiences were blocking my ability to move forward and live the life I wanted for myself.

I attended counseling, read self-help books, learned from other professionals, and deepened my knowledge of trauma-informed practice by studying about trauma treatment. I began to understand the wounds in my heart and soul, and, as I did, I began to see the path forward and understand what I needed to do in order to change myself.

I wanted to change the world and make it better for everyone, but I discovered that the only way to do that was to change myself first. I had to heal my heart in order to help others heal their hearts.

Change is a journey. It isn’t a 5-step plan. And I’ve tried a lot of 5-step plans! I’ve learned that it is about setting a vision of where you want to be or what you want in life and figuring out the first small step to take in that direction.

Maybe that first step for you is sitting down with a caring professional who can relate to your struggles and giving yourself the gift of time and space for self-exploration and healing. I provide a supportive space for you to be heard and gain insight. You can have a calm mind free from fearful thoughts. Stability and peace are obtainable goals for your life.

I have a Master in Social Work from Saint Louis University focusing on family therapy and mental health, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I have 10 years of experience in the professional world helping parents, adults, youth, and families who feel overwhelmed by their current challenges be able to overcome their obstacles.

Is it time for you to address your past hurts so that you can transform into the person you have always wanted to be?

Call to begin your journey: 417.234.9857

Melody Lee, MSW, LCSW

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Services

The Calm Mother
Are you planning to become or already are a mother?  Do you have anxiety about pregnancy, birth, or caring for your child? Do you have fears or scary thoughts you want to conquer so your head is clear to mother calmly? Come in and talk to me–mother-to-mother. It’s time to address your needs so that you can change yourself into the mother you want to be. All the change you desire in your life starts with you taking the step to heal yourself first.

Trauma Treatment
Have you experienced an event that was distressing, terrifying, or felt life-threatening to you? Do thoughts about this event keep popping up in your mind or do you have nightmares? Are you avoiding anything or anyone because of what happened? Maybe you sometimes think bad things about yourself that you know are not true but feel true? Trauma can be caused by a variety of issues–a very distressing event (accident, attack, disaster, etc.), ongoing intense stress, abuse/neglect (physical, sexual, or verbal), etc. You may feel anxious, depressed, guilty, shocked, angry, and more as a result of what has happened.  These are normal responses to trauma, but you do not have to continue experiencing these symptoms. There is real treatment available to resolve the trauma so you can feel calm, safe, and joyful again. In 2016, I completed EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy training in order to further my ability to help clients with trauma. I continue additional training in EMDR psychotherapy and work with clients with complex trauma and PTSD on a regular basis.

Re-parenting the Parent 
Do you worry about parenthood and how to be a better parent than your parents were? Do you catch yourself thinking, “I never want to do what my parent did to me?” It isn’t enough to simply know what you don’t want to be; you need to have a vision of what you are going to become and how you will actually be different. This requires exploring your own emotions and thoughts about how you were parented and understanding what it is that you need to do to be a present and helpful parent to your child’s life. Contact me today to begin your journey to healthy parenthood so your children can look back someday and say, “Thanks for being my example of an awesome parent.”

The Relationship Connection
All relationships face tough times, but it is how they grow through those challenges that determines whether or not the relationship will last. I help partners develop respectful communication, set healthy boundaries, and re-establish an emotional connection. Let’s create the space for addressing your relationship issues and improving your future together so you look forward to talking to each other again.

Creative Freedom Sessions
Are you a creative person–writer, poet, artist, maker? Are you struggling with bringing the vision in your head out and into the reality of your creative form? It’s time to give attention and thought to the blocks in your process so you can set yourself free to create. Come and explore your blocks; it’s time to unlock your true potential and finish that creation you that only you can create.

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Contact

Call for an appointment at (417) 234-9857.

Office located just west of Campbell and Republic:
4140 S Fairview Suite 104
Springfield, MO 65807

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