Melissa Harman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker is a counselor in Albuquerque, NM specializing in counseling, social work and family therapy. Melissa Harman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker is affiliated with BetterHelp.
“Hi there! My name is Melissa. I am a licensed counselor in New Mexico with over 6 years of experience working primarily as a Multisystemic Therapist. In doing Multisystemic Therapy, I worked with teens and their families performing the highest level of outpatient therapy and was the lead clinician in outpatient settings. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, domestic violence, and behavioral problems including physical and verbal aggression, substance use, runaway problems, attachment problems, self harm, and oppositional behavior.
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe each client is the expert in their own life and I seek to assist clients in finding the best solutions for their concerns. I am straight forward and believe change can be scary and difficult and I am here to confront the issues contributing to the difficulties you are facing. My approach primarily combines cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, solution focused, and behavioral modification counseling. I believe each client and each situation is unique and therefore I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
I am so proud of you for taking this step to enrich and empower yourself to meet your goals in life. I genuinely hope I can help you along this path to success and I believe you can accomplish anything you set your mind to doing.”
Connect with this therapist via:
Video Visits - connect over video conferencing software for a virtual session -- almost as if you're there in person
Phone Visits - good old-fashioned technology for those who don't want to worry about appearance or who have might have internet bandwidth limitations; a little bit like connecting with an old friend, but with a counselor instead
Instant Message (IM) Visits - real-time chat -- like a phone call, but over text
Online messaging - send messages throughout the day as you have time; relax and give yourself opportunity to fully ponder each step of the conversation
Career difficulties are issues related to one's career and work experience. There is a growing awareness in mental health and wellness communities that work and career issues may impact one's wellbeing. Several studies have found that work challenges and poor working conditions can result in low job satisfaction and a reduced sense of security. Career difficulties can also contribute to day-to-day stress, anxiety, and relationship issues. Career difficulties may include problems such as:
These problems and others can make a job seem unbearable. For example, a demanding or detached supervisor can contribute to poor job satisfaction and work anxiety. Similarly, a lack of control in one's job, such as the inability to work on a project or make day-to-day decisions, can diminish one's workplace morale. Many workers in these situations find themselves dissatisfied and eager to leave their jobs or even to become fired. However, resignations and job losses can pose equally challenging career difficulties. Job loss or unemployment can trigger financial stress as well as feelings of isolation, depression, and diminished self-confidence. People experiencing job loss may feel dissatisfied with other job prospects or fear their career opportunities are limited.
For many, mental health therapy can improve negative emotions and behaviors arising from career difficulties and both those with jobs and those experiencing job loss may benefit from therapy. Therapists may listen to people's career difficulties and provide advice for navigating a number of work-related problems. Online counseling can be particularly helpful for career issues in the modern workplace in that direct access to a therapist throughout the day can help alleviate recurring pressure and anxiety arising from one's job. Many people find that therapy or counseling for career difficulties can improve their overall job performance and disposition. For example, therapists can guide people to develop and hone essential skills, such as building the self-confidence necessary to deliver a presentation or the sustained focus needed to complete a lengthy project. For those experiencing job loss or unemployment, therapy can help with feelings of isolation, depression, and diminished self-confidence. Therapists may encourage some to seek other job prospects and opportunities. Like some problems in other areas of life, difficulties in the workplace can be debilitating for some, and consultations with a therapist can help some overcome initial feelings of being overwhelmed.
Career counseling is another option for those with career challenges. Career counselors help people develop professional skills and gain the tools necessary to further their careers. A career counselor may help with job applications, coach practice job interviews, proofread resumes, and provide networking strategies to move someone towards his or her ideal career. Career counseling can also help people navigate work problems like lack of motivation, indecisiveness, and burnout, so that they might better enjoy their current position.
Some people decide to switch career paths in order to achieve happiness and fulfillment. Through personality and aptitude tests, therapists and career counselors can help people identify occupations or industries that are better suited to them. Therapists and counselors also take into account a person's intellectual and physical strengths, as well as what a person values in work, whether that be job security or opportunity for creativity and challenge. Therapists and career counselors may recommend people complete certification courses or educational degrees to shift towards their ideal careers.
Career difficulties are a widespread issue that nearly everyone who works has or will endure at some point in time. Many people find that mental health therapy or career counseling can greatly improve their career satisfaction and overall happiness.
Everyone knows what it feels like to get the blues once in a while. But depression is a serious illness that is more severe than a bad day and lasts much longer. Symptoms of depression stop a person from being able to function and enjoy daily activities for weeks or months at a time. It can happen to anyone, and it isn't something that people can control by force of will or "snap out of it."
Some common symptoms of depression include:
We don't yet know what causes depression, but it's thought that it is a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and social influences. Because of this, the most effective treatments for depression combine medication with psychotherapy. Therapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy, can be extremely helpful in resolving the negative thoughts and feelings that come with depression. It gives patients new tools that they can use themselves to cope when their depression is making them feel down.
Some of the common medications used to treat depression include antidepressants such as SSRI's (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft) or atypical antidepressants (Cymbalta, Wellbutrin). It's important to remember that these medications have different effects on everybody, and no one medication works right for everyone. Patients may have to try a couple before finding the one that works just right for them. If the first medication they try doesn't work, they should talk to their doctor about trying something else. In extreme cases where medication is not enough, electro-convulsive therapy and hospitalization may be the answer to keeping a severely depressed person safe.
Depression is a difficult illness to deal with, but it is more common than believed and there are many people who can help. With the right treatment, individuals with depression can get back to fully enjoying life again.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, is a mood disorder that causes people to develop depression around the same time every year. For those with seasonal affective disorder, a change of season induces negative emotions and unhappiness. SAD most frequently begins during the transition to fall and winter months and ceases in the springtime (known as fall-onset depression). At times, SAD can arise in the early summer and end in the fall, although this spring-onset depression is highly unusual.
Young adults ages 18 to 30 are most commonly diagnosed with SAD. For unknown reasons, more women have SAD than men. Those who have a preexisting mood disorder, mental illness, or live in a region with cloudy and dark weather are also more likely to have SAD. People with SAD may experience:
The causes of seasonal depression are uncertain. It is suggested that the reduced daylight and sunshine of winter and fall can alter the chemistry of the brain. Sunlight may assist in the production of serotonin, a hormone that regulates mood and happiness. Less exposure to sunlight may result in decreased serotonin, leading to SAD. Other potential causes include disrupted circadian rhythms, vitamin D deficiency, and increased melatonin (sleep hormone).
A variety of treatments are used to alleviate SAD. Patients usually benefit from more than one treatment. Light therapy is a special lamp that lets off intense light. The therapy is performed at home with patients keeping the lamp a few feet away from them as they complete their regular activities. Two types of light therapy include the light box (consistently bright lamp) and the dawn simulator (lamp that gradually becomes brighter and brighter). Light therapy may be partnered with other treatments for SAD, such as:
SAD is more than feeling disappointed by shorter winter nights or rainy days; it is months of depression that can drastically influence mood and behavior. Fortunately, people with SAD typically respond quickly to consistent light therapy and other treatments. Self-care and relaxation are also vital to the SAD recovery process. For those with SAD, treatment can be the first step to making four or five months of the year enjoyable once again.
She has a state license in New Mexico.
Licensed In: New Mexico
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