Addressing a Range of Issues Including Grief and Loss, Veteran’s Issues, and Anxiety
You can mend your life, connect with your true self, and move from surviving to thriving.
Finding and connecting with the right therapist should be easy. However, searching through counseling web sites can be overwhelming and time consuming. This is why I make the process simple and convenient - so that you can heal and move forward with your life.
Making it simple for people to connect with me and get the help they need helps them to connect with their true self in a way that will serve them, so that they can realize their true potential and live a happy, fulfilling life. In making this connection, people realize that they can live intentionally on a daily basis.
Life can throw things at us that we are completely unprepared for. Low energy, sadness, and anxiety are all symptoms that are experienced by so many people at some time. When this happens, therapy can offer the help we need to keep going, taking care of ourselves and the ones we love.
In addition to my training, I offer a calm, respectful space so that you can have a positive experience and successful outcome with therapy. Connecting with your therapist and feeling confident in their ability is essential.
My intention is to empower you to heal from your past, realize your strengths and resources, live fully in the present, and grow into your future. As each person is unique and we all have unique strengths and solutions for our life issues, discovering your own patterns of development can be a great adventure and will serve you now and in the future.
Honor yourself and live your truth
Imagine living life the way you want to, incorporating what you learn in therapy into your daily living, honoring yourself, and living to your highest standard every day, knowing peace, calm, and contentment.
Our sessions will complement your lifestyle and your beliefs and values, your aspirations, and desires for a better life and future. In our sessions together you’ll find an honest, relaxed, and supportive atmosphere.
Before I share more about my professional background training and experience, I’d like to tell you about the type of clients I have the most success working with. That will help you to decide whether we are a good fit for you and your therapy goals.
The clients who benefit the most from working with me are those who are willing to take responsibility for their life and well-being, and to work on bettering themselves. They’re ready to step out of their comfort zone to reach their goals and they’re invested in making positive changes to experience greater happiness, more fulfillment in life, and more satisfying relationships in their personal as well as in their professional life.
My intention is to help individuals and couples develop more meaningful and fulfilling relationships, including the relationship with self. When our relationships are in a good place, we thrive and grow towards our fullest, richest life. Our “beingness”, the way we are in the world, is so important, and it affects everyone around us as well.
I only take on a limited amount of clients so I can provide the best quality care and therapy experience for each of my clients. if you want to read more about who I am, on my professional background, or therapeutic approach, please read below.
If you’re ready to schedule a session with me or have any additional questions, call me at 954-391-5305 extension 512 I look forward to speaking with you
About Fort Lauderdale Therapist Dr. Melissa Valentina, PhD, LMFT, CHT
I grew up in Florida, lived in Greece while in the U.S. Air Force, and have also lived in North Carolina. I spent some time in Brazil studying the healing practices there. It was during this time in Brazil that I realized the systemic perspective of how each one of us affect and are affected by others in our circle of family, friends, and colleagues. I earned my doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida.
As a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, I am dedicated to the focus of a systemic perspective, which looks at the entire system and how different people and their pets in the system affect each other, and the dynamics of that system. Because we are always in relationship with others and with ourselves, this systemic perspective allows for a viewpoint of the whole picture of what’s going on.
As a U.S. military veteran myself, I am dedicated and honored to work with our veterans on their life issues. I truly love what I do, and I feel honored and privileged to engage in therapeutic conversations to facilitate whole health, healing, and empowerment. I am genuinely proud of my work because I see lives change in amazing ways.
Essentially, I empower individuals and couples to reach their optimal potential both personally and professionally by using brief and effective strategies. My approach is integrative, meaning that the therapeutic technique used will fit with the presenting problem and the people involved.
Solution-focused therapy is utilized, and hypnosis is used when it is a viable option. Hypnosis is used to help with a number of conditions such as smoking, anxiety, low self-esteem, and grief and loss.
The therapeutic relationship between client and therapist has a direct influence on therapeutic outcome. My role as a therapist is to become an agent of change for my clients through utilizing a strength based and solution oriented therapeutic approach. I am passionate about my work and am fully committed to providing the highest level of customized services to exceed your expectations.
My therapeutic stance is one of genuine curiosity, respect, empathy, compassion, and acceptance. Within therapeutic conversations, we explore your issues by asking questions about your experiences, perceptions, meanings, and expectations.
My intention is to work collaboratively with clients to review and co-construct meaning of life experiences, which are a priority in our therapeutic direction. Although I do help people to change their relationship with a variety of past experiences, I tend to focus more on creating healthy shifts in their present reality and generating hopes for the future.
Through collaborative conversations we are able to use each person’s unique set of beliefs, values, hopes, and commitments to decrease the influence of the problems on their life. In essence, I help people to creatively reclaim their personal power and authority by changing how they relate to the difficulties in their lives.
“Helping individuals and couples create their desired outcome and realize their goals”
Contact Dr. Melissa Valentina Today!
I’d love to speak with you about the possibility of our working together, and answer any questions you might have. You can reach me at 954-391-5305, ext. 512 or email me at Drm@NewLeafTherapyHealing.com
I look forward to connecting with you soon!CONTACT DR. MELISSA VALENTINA TODAY!