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melody barnum

my practice:

As a counselor, I am honored to hold space for stories. There are times when our stories weigh heavy on us and we need someone to listen with compassion and collaborate on how to integrate the difficult stories into our lives. Through this process, it is important that we are seen, heard and empowered to grow and flourish in a non-judgmental brave space.

 

There are many experiences and stressors in life that may lead us to seek out help. I believe my role as a counselor is to help people find a way to cope with distress in life and grow moving forward. Periods of transition in roles, careers and geographical locations can be overwhelming and as someone who has navigated all of those situations, I know that with help you can make it through.

 

I have been a midwife for many years and through that experience I have developed a special interest in the perinatal time period for families. The perinatal period is a time of vulnerability for the entire family and often brings up a lot of things to process and grieve as well as celebrate the changing dynamics. I have seen first-hand how trauma and birth trauma impact the perinatal experience. Additionally, as a provider, I understand the importance of birth workers and healthcare providers working through traumatic experiences they encounter in clinical situations.

 

I am currently a Masters student in clinical mental health counseling with Wake Forest University. I have received additional training in the unique needs of the perinatal community through Postpartum Support International’s training for providers. I am also level I Brainspotting trained and plan to continue additional levels and specialty Brainspotting trainings. Additionally, I am a Certified Grief Professional (CGP) and Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) from Evergreen Certifications.

Under supervision of University faculty and Veronica Mollere, LCSW-BACS

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