COUNSELING CENTER

Who We Are

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Melissa Valerga M.A.

Passion for people has long been a companion of mine, and caring for them in a professional capacity makes my heart sing. It is in my DNA to find fulfillment in encouraging, challenging, and nurturing others. God designed me to walk alongside those who are hurting, and it is my great delight to do so. For me, counseling is one of those things in life that “just makes sense”.

After receiving a Psychology major and Church Ministries/Bible minors from Clearwater Christian College, I earned my M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. I enjoy treating a wide range of issues, and have a great deal of patience with the slow and sometimes uncertain process of healing deep wounds.

My approach to counseling addresses the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that contribute to a person’s overall functioning. I find that a comprehensive approach which acknowledges the multidimensional nature of people and relationships typically yields equally comprehensive results.

What We Do

We offer counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

Sessions are available in person, via video conferencing, and/or the telephone.

Individual / Couples

One hour sessions for individuals or couples.

Online Sessions

One hour online sessions for individuals or couples.

Group Sessions

Coming soon!

Testimonials

The identity of our clients has been safeguarded to preserve their confidentiality

"She is a woman of strength and truth. She looks people in the eye and really listens to them; she accepts people for who they are and where they are at in life. Her razor sharp perception is balanced by a joyous sense of humor. She walks beside those she counsels with compassion.  Melissa is passionately dedicated to assisting others through the difficult times and pointing them to a hope and a future." R.S.

Hope in the Future

“She is a woman of strength and truth. She looks people in the eye and really listens to them; she accepts people for who they are and where they are at in life. Her razor sharp perception is balanced by a joyous sense of humor. She walks beside those she counsels with compassion. Melissa is passionately dedicated to assisting others through the difficult times and pointing them to a hope and a future.” R.S.
"[As a result of Melissa's counseling] I am thankful to be able to express myself and not be judged, as well as experiencing life without anger...while still making the right decisions when put in uncomfortable situations." J.S.

Mindfulness

“[As a result of Melissa’s counseling] I am thankful to be able to express myself and not be judged, as well as experiencing life without anger…while still making the right decisions when put in uncomfortable situations.” J.S.
"I have never felt so free and at peace in my entire life! I feel like my thoughts are clearer than they have ever been. I feel happier than I have ever felt.  I pray that God will give me opportunities in the future to impact people to the depth that I was impacted in my sessions with Melissa." C.C.

Peace and Freedom

“I have never felt so free and at peace in my entire life! I feel like my thoughts are clearer than they have ever been. I feel happier than I have ever felt. I pray that God will give me opportunities in the future to impact people to the depth that I was impacted in my sessions with Melissa.” C.C.
"Melissa not only has the degree to help people work through their problems, but she also has an overabundance of sincere love and compassion for people. She has a God-given desire to help people and has walked beside me and helped me work through my issues. I now understand what is causing my behavior and I also have the tools I need to work through unhealthy behaviors and correct them." R.C.

Understanding and Solutions

“Melissa not only has the degree to help people work through their problems, but she also has an overabundance of sincere love and compassion for people. She has a God-given desire to help people and has walked beside me and helped me work through my issues. I now understand what is causing my behavior and I also have the tools I need to work through unhealthy behaviors and correct them.” R.C.