Women’s Therapy & Counseling in GA and FL
Melissa Lester, LCSW
Welcome! As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in working with women, I am deeply committed to helping you achieve your mental health goals. From my office in Atlanta — and via telehealth — I work with clients throughout the states of Georgia and Florida.
I specialize in helping women better manage the challenges they face every day at home, work, and in social situations. I also specialize in:
- Women’s Issues
- Trauma Resolution
- Family of Origin
- Binge Eating and Emotional Eating Disorders
- LGBTQ+ Issues
- Coming Out Later in Life
- Relationship Issues
- Career Challenges
- Anxiety, Depression, and Stress
My practice is a combination of talk and body-focused therapies with a strong focus on mind-body connections and trauma resolution methods. These include:
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- EFT Tapping
- Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy)
- and other neurologically-effective trauma resolution methods
My work is deeply meaningful to me and I am committed to providing you with the best therapy experience possible. You will benefit from the most current and effective therapies available. The work I do incorporates body-focused approaches, as well as use of the subconscious. Perhaps best of all, the skills we use together are skills you can use on your own.
Telehealth Sessions Available for Georgia and Florida Residents
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker here in Georgia. I am also registered to provide telehealth therapy and counseling sessions to Florida residents.
Meditation and Mindfulness Practice
My own meditation practice has helped me connect more deeply and meaningfully with my Self and in relationship with others. A simple meditation practice can change the way you experience your Self, the way you interact with others, and the way you move through the world. And the “harder” it is for you to meditate in the beginning, the more you will likely benefit from this practice.
Meditation doesn’t require any special equipment. You don’t have to travel across the world to learn it. You don’t even need any special poses, props or clothes. Meditation requires just you, exactly as you are. We can incorporate meditation into your own therapy and counseling sessions. Over time you can cultivate your own meditation practice at home.
EFT Tapping as part of Therapy and Counseling
My extensive EFT Tapping Training has transformed my therapy and counseling practice. Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT Tapping, is a rapid and effective trauma therapy. It is well-researched and recommended by primary care physicians, ENTs, neurologists, pain management specialists, and mental health providers. It is also endorsed by life coaches, sports coaches, and many other professionals. I encourage you to ask questions, read peer-reviewed research, and experience EFT Tapping for yourself. EFT Tapping can be used in our therapy and counseling sessions together. Eventually you will be able to employ it when you need it most outside of sessions as well.
I am an EFT Trainer (NQT) certified by EFT International. Please reach out to me at my email address if you or your organization are curious about training in EFT Tapping.
Clinical Hypnosis in Therapy and Counseling
I am trained as a therapist and counselor in Clinical Hypnosis. My certifications come from both The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Anxiety and Stress Management Institute. In addition, I am also an active member of the Georgia Hypnosis Society. Hypnosis is not my primary approach to therapy. It is just another tool in my practice, used as an adjunct to other therapy approaches. However, I am happy to refer to you some highly skilled hypnotherapists in the metro Atlanta area.
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My own diverse cultural, religious, and geographic background have shaped my personal and professional path. I also call upon my own experiences and proximity to physical illness, disability, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and grief. For all of these reasons, I work with all women. This means women of all shapes and sizes, cultures and religions, abilities and disabilities, ages, races, sexual orientations, socioeconomic, and occupational status. You are welcome here. I want you to know that real change is possible.
Finally, using my own therapy and counseling journey of the past 30 years — in addition to all of my professional training — fuels the “why” that gets me up in the morning. Healing and wholeness is possible. It is my reason for offering women’s therapy and counseling. Your work is do-able. What’s more, you are worth the effort.
I am a Proud Member and Financial Supporter of:
National Eating Disorder Association
National Organization for Women
American Civil Liberties Union
The Feminist Majority Foundation
Global Fund for Women
Higher Heights Leadership Fund
LGBTQ Therapist Resource
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Georgia Hypnosis Society
ACEP (Energy Psychology)