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Melanie Shands


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Melanie Shands, a dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Springfield, Missouri, has a profound commitment to healing and supporting individuals through their therapeutic journey.

In 2015, Melanie earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Missouri, laying the foundation for a career dedicated to mental health and well-being. With a specialization in trauma- focused therapy, Melanie has become an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist, showcasing an advanced
proficiency in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy—a powerful approach in trauma treatment.


Bringing over 13 years of invaluable experience in community mental health, Melanie has served diverse populations, gaining a deep understanding of the intricacies of trauma and its effects on individuals and communities. This extensive background has equipped her with the skills to address a range of mental health concerns and provide comprehensive support to those in need.


A registered play therapist, Melanie recognizes the importance of incorporating creativity and play in therapeutic interventions, especially when working with children and adolescents. This additional qualification reflects her commitment to tailoring therapeutic approaches to meet the unique needs of each client.


Beyond the office, Melanie has called Springfield, Missouri, home for over two years. She values the sense of community and connection within the area. When not in the office, Melanie enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, gardening, and reading.


Known for her passion for helping people heal from trauma, Melanie continues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those she serves. Her holistic and client-centered approach, coupled with her continuous pursuit of professional development, exemplifies Melanie's dedication to promoting mental health and facilitating transformative healing experiences for individuals and families alike.

Experienced Therapist: $150 per hour

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