About me

Education
University of Arizona
Master of Arts in Counseling
2015

Northern Arizona University

Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Sociology 

2011

Hi, I'm Melanie Stasny, LPC

I am a wife, mom to a little boy, and a member of my church. I thrive in the sunshine and am one of the very few who truly loves the Arizona heat. Despite sharing the picture of myself on top of Mount Humphrey’s with a dog; I’m actually a cat owner. I have one male cat named Mr. Moo and he’s incredibly clumsy with so much sass. I love to travel, hike and go on adventures; but I’m happiest when I’m at home- in pajamas- snuggling my family.

What I think is most important though, is loving and listening to others. I believe I was created to hold space for, inspire, and guide others to become their best self and create the life they’ve always wanted. I would be so honored to be a part of your story and help you and your family overcome that mountain you’re facing. I want nothing less than for you to experience the relief and incredible "view" that can happen when you start to ascend.

I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Arizona. Most of my experience has been in community mental health where I have served children, adults and families for nearly a decade. I specialize in helping children, teens, and adults replace harmful behaviors such as: self-harm, substance use, impulsivity, and more with healthy and effective coping skills. Once the coping skills are learned and have made a positive impact in the life of my patients- I challenge and encourage them to begin reprocessing painful memories and life experiences. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy “EMDR” as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy “DBT”. I believe coping skills and resources are essential before beginning to heal from trauma.

The goal of DBT is to help patients have "a life worth living." I've had the opportunity to be trained and provide full protocol DBT for both adolescents and adults. DBT skills include mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotion regulation. These skills are designed to help my patients eliminate harmful behaviors and gain focus, motivation, healthy relationships with self and others, and finally learn how to manage negative emotions.

One of the many reasons I love to use EMDR with my patients is because they don’t have to share any details of their story that they wish to remain private. This is especially helpful when I’m working with young children who don’t want to talk about what happened to them out loud. EMDR has been proven to be a quick and effective treatment for trauma, PTSD and other issues such as: anxiety, depression, and grief. I’ve had the privilege to witness many of my patients, as young as 3 years old, overcome painful memories and life experiences with EMDR. There is nothing "too big" or "too small" to work through.

Other modalities that I use in addition to DBT and EMDR are listed on the "Services" page.

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