Melissa Dickinson, MS, LPC 

Professional Counselor, Psychotherapist and Creative Person

A few words about me...

I'm a licensed professional counselor in private practice as part of a collaborative called Wellspring Counseling Center which now includes Wellspring Counseling Intown. First I'm going to tell you a little about me and how I work. Then I'd like to tell you a little about this group of professionals I collaborate with and trust.

My professional journey began in the public mental health system working with adults and adolescents in northeast GA. Later I was recruited into the juvenile justice system, running the mental health department at a regional youth detention center in Gainesville, GA. These experiences gave me a broad introduction to counseling.

Later colleagues from my public mental health experience invited me to join them in private practice. 

One of my first clients in private practice presented on the gender spectrum (outside of the binary model that has been culturally "normed"). I began seeking education and mentorship (William Stayton, PhD, ThD) in the fields of human sexuality and gender studies and have evolved a specialization in this very important work. I'm a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) and AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists). See articles involving my gender work locally and nationally.

Additionally, my personal path of learning to live a full an abundant existence with a genetic connective tissue disorder led me to found a large support network in Georgia called the Georgia EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) Network. I am a passionate advocate on the part of this community and make myself available nationwide for supportive coaching as a therapist for the specialized needs of this community and all those who suffer from chronic illness.

While these two passions (gender/sexuality and chronic illness support) make up a significant portion of my practice, I have stayed true to my roots of working with clients on a variety of mental health and life transition experiences. It is a deep honor to be a part of the journey with those who continuously seek to evolve and grow. 

I work from a model I affectionately refer to as "goodness of fit", where I support clients in identifying their core design--then assist them to construct a sustainable existence that fits their design well. It is my experience that this strategy can lead to outcomes with reduction in distress and increase in overall health and wellbeing. If that sounds interesting to you, I invite you to reach out and connect.

When we meet, you will likely be introduced to my furry companion Ollie, who often joins me most days for sessions. 

Please advise me if you have any allergies or concerns about animals when we are booking our time together and I will make arrangements to take care of your needs.

The collaborative relationship with Wellspring Counseling Center and Wellspring Counseling Intown.

Wellspring is a group of private practice counselors and therapists who specialize in complementary fields with a similar mission. All of us work as part of a sex-positive professional culture with extensive specialized training to support the diverse needs of our clientele. Because of our similar vision, we have come together to create a safe space for our clients, as well as our own personal and professional growth.

Gender, many different ways of being, sexuality, faith - all are welcome here!

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