Melissa Stricklin, MA, LPCC

melissa@affinitypsych.com

Hello! My name is Melissa (she/her/hers), I am a Queer “ExVangelical” with ADHD and lived experience having an invisible disability/chronic illness. All are welcome in my office.

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who enjoys helping adults understand and address the difficulties they are facing. My style has been influenced by Feminist Theory which emphasizes intersectionality and the ways that systemic oppression affects mental health. I practice from a sex positive perspective, and I believe in health at every size. I also offer letter-writing for gender affirming surgeries and hormones (in just one session).

How I Work

As a Solutions Focused therapist, I work with my clients as a team to discover creative ways to start addressing problems. I believe empathy and feedback are equally important tools in my toolbox and I enjoy educating clients when they want to learn about mental health symptoms, social systems, or therapy styles.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

As your therapist, I am committed to doing my own work, believing what you tell me, and continuing to educate myself about intersectionality. I promise to avoid the “Minnesota nice” approach and instead show up in a way that is honest, straightforward, and kind. Let’s work together to help you start thriving instead of just surviving.

Issues I Treat:

  • Codependency
  • Peer relationships
  • Low self-esteem
  • Work-life balance difficulties
  • Relationship conflict and conflict avoidance
  • Procrastination
  • Identity exploration
  • Body image issues
  • Behavioral issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Letter-writing for gender affirming surgery or hormones (after only 1 session)

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • BIPOC individuals
  • LGBTQIA+ individuals
  • People with disabilities
  • People with chronic illness and/or chronic pain
  • Open, poly, and non-monogamous relationships
  • Sex workers
  • Perfectionists
  • Transplants to MN
  • Teletherapy

Professional background:

Education

  • MA in Counseling – Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Trainings

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Clinical Trauma Professional Level 1

  • Treatment Approaches for Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and Mental Health Concerns

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Multiple Trainings focused on how to better serve BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities

  • Telehealth for Mental Health Therapists

Previous Employment

  • Mental Health Systems (MHS)

Licensure

  • Minnesota, LPCC, cc02560