Whether it be to overcome struggles related to everyday stressors or symptoms of serious mental illness, Melissa works collaboratively with her clients to develop a personalized approach to treatment.
She provides each client with a genuinely caring and trusting therapeutic relationship, such that an individual can find their way through the healing journey.
Melissa is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, a Certified Clinical Sandtray Therapist Trainer, and Registered Sandplay Practitioner. She is trained in EMDR. Her focus is Art Therapy for adults.
Art therapy is a way to heal through the creative process. You do not need to be an artist or have any particular skill to do art therapy. When we create, we are activating a system that helps our brain process and understand things from new perspectives. Art therapy can help us problem solve, heal from past hurts, and communicate our needs in ways that can help us make sense of what we are experiencing. Art therapy is for all ages.
Sandtray therapy is a different way of expressing our inner experience. The process of creating a miniature world gives us a way to express our thoughts and feelings without words. The limited space of the sandtray helps us to feel more in control of our experiences. Sandtray Therapy bridges the connection between our conscious and unconscious mind. This can help us to help make meaning of our experiences and allow inner healing. Sandtray therapy is for all ages.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well-researched treatment for trauma. It has also successfully been used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and chronic pain. In EMDR, the client holds an image in their mind while experiencing the felt sense of memory while the therapist assists them with eye movements to help the brain get unstuck. Traumatic memory is experienced like a video on pause. The same images play over and over. EMDR can help the brain press play so that the story continues and a person can integrate the experience into their story, no longer experiencing flashbacks or nightmares.
More About Melissa
Melissa Dilworth is an LPC-AT-S, ATR-BC, from San Antonio, Texas. She has been an Art Therapist for over 20 years working in a full array of settings with children, teens, adults, and families. Throughout her long career as an art therapist, she has been a constant advocate for the art therapy profession and a dedicated, compassionate helper for individuals and their families.
Melissa’s graduate studies at The College of New Rochelle were focused primarily on psychodynamic theory, with other theories studied in depth throughout the program.