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Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Christian Counseling, Substance Abuse, and Women's Issues

Living Water Counseling Ministry. Telehealth Services. Virginia & North Carolina. Christian Counseling. Substance Abuse Treatment. Mental Health Psychotherapy. Individual Services. Anxiety. Depression. Panic Attacks. Seasonal Affective. Grief/Loss. Spirituality. Women's Issue., Addiction. Alcohol Use. Bipolar Disorder. Career Counseling. Coping Skills. Drug Abuse. Dual Diagnosis. Emotional Disturbance. Infertility. Mood Disorders. Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Self-esteem. Stress. Life Coach.

My name is Melissa Strickland-Hanks and I am the Owner and Mental Health Counselor of Living Water Counseling Minis​try.​  I provide Mental Health Counseling Services from a Cognitive Behavioral Technique with a specialization in Christian Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Women's Issues. 


I have earned a Master of Science in Counselor Education: Community Counseling from Radford University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech Go Hokies!)  


I am licensed by the State of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and I am licensed by the State of North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.   I am also certified by the State of Virginia as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. 


I have approximately 15 years of experience providing counseling services overall. 

---9 years of my experience are from counseling in a private practice

---2 years experience working in the in-patient substance abuse counseling field with adults 18 years and older

---4 years experience working in the general counseling field while in undergraduate and graduate school with adults 18 years and up (volunteering with a crisis hotline, counseling college aged students with behavioral issues, and advising college students regarding academic concerns)


I use an eclectic approach to counseling, which means I attempt to choose the best theoretical approach based on your personal situation and needs.  The theories I tend to use more often are:

--- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

---Reality Therapy 

---Motivational Enhancement Therapy 

---Person Centered Therapy

---Narrative Therapy

---As well as common Christian beliefs and practices from a Non-Denominational Perspective

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