Hi, I’m Melissa.
Melissa Barbash, M.A., LPC, LAC
“Hi, I’m Melissa. I am a therapist and life coach with years of experience in empowering people to break free from old patterns in their lives, relationships, careers, and themselves. Through a blend of powerful, evidence-based therapy and action-oriented life coaching, I can help you understand yourself, build on your strengths, and move forward into a joyful life that you design. If you have been feeling “stuck,” and like you need make changes — but don’t know how — I can help you.
I believe that transformational growth work is most powerful when it feels easy. I’ve been told that I have an authentic, accepting way of being that immediately makes people feel comfortable, and like they can say anything to me. Some of my favorite clients are strong, silent “men’s men” who never open up… yet they do with me. My clients tell me that they love the fact that even big, heavy stuff can feel lighter and more manageable when we can talk about it, cry about it, or laugh about it — together. They also appreciate my heartfelt honesty. While I always help them feel safe, respected, and understood, I also care about them enough to challenge them to grow.”
Cultivate Connection: Transform Your Relationships
“Although I am not a couples counselor, I specialize in relationships. I am here to help you, as an individual, understand how you relate to others, and what you can do to create deeper, more satisfying connections. Our work can help you improve your communication, learn how to be more open, how to set healthy boundaries, and deal with the anger, anxiety, fear or shame that can get in the way of your creating happy, authentic relationships.”
Heal & Grow: Breakup Recovery
“I am also a breakup recovery expert, and I love supporting people who are recovering from traumatic breakups or divorces. If you’ve been struggling with a broken heart, I’m here. I can help you understand what happened. I can help you figure out if there is still hope… or if it’s time to let go. I can help you process the grief, the anger, the guilt, and the shame you might be feeling. But most of all, I can help you grow from this experience, reclaim your power and strength, and turn the page to a joyful new chapter for your life.”
Break Free: And Move Forward
In addition to my work as a therapist and life coach, I have a background in additions counseling. I can help you get clarity about what you want for your life, and we’ll create a do-able action plan to create the positive changes you desire. I can help you break bad habits, and cultivate a healthy lifestyle that supports your body, mind and soul.
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My style helps you reconnect with yourself, build your confidence and self-esteem, and understand your patterns, your strengths and your growth opportunities. Working with me, you can go deeply into yourself in order to finally “connect the dots” and understand who you are, and why you are the way you are.
When the time is right for you to start using your self awareness to make real world change, we can shift our focus to the intentional action steps that will help you build the life you want. Using a blend of powerful and effective therapy, and action oriented life coaching, our work will be both meaningful and empowering. It will help you achieve your personal goals, improve your relationships, and increase your life satisfaction.
About Me: I earned a BA in International Business and Marketing from The Ohio State University and my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology (Addictions Specialization) from the University of Denver. I am both a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado. I utilize an integrated approach to therapy and coaching which includes Psychodynamic Therapy and Interpersonal Process, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) interventions, as well as solution focused coaching strategies.
What Our Clients Say:
“You helped me discover my true self and potential, and how to thrive on my own.”
– Former Client