Please bring your ID, insurance card or EAP Authorization Code (if applicable)

You may come early to your first appointment to fill out my welcome packet, or access it here--just print and fill it out before your appointment and bring it with you.

Melanie Skipper-Relyea, MHR, LPC- S, NCC -- 972-754-9313


What To Expect


​What to Bring

Melanie's Background

You will be asked to do exercises :  both inside the session and outside. These may include journal writing, communication exercises and role- play.  Children will likely receive play therapy that is focused on their issues. Parents of adolescents and children can be expected to have conferences before every appointment to ask questions and help ensure that sessions work on current goals.

  • Family violence-related trauma
  • Child Abuse and Neglect (all forms)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anger and Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Challenging Family Dynamics
  • Suicide Loss

Sessions are 45 minutes long.  

  • Your first session will be focused on your full psycho-social history and goals you wish to achieve
  • If your issues are beyond my expertise or necessitate treatment with other professionals, referral options will be discussed with you
  • The average attendance in therapy is 8 sessions, but shorter or longer-term treatment can be accommodated.

Melanie Skipper-Relyea has more than 20 years of mental health experience.  


Melanie holds a Masters in Human Relations, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Board-approved LPC Supervisor, and is a National Certified Counselor.  Licensed since 1998, she has worked extensively in the areas of family violence-related trauma with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  Melanie's work experience includes hotline support, drug treatment, foster care, group therapy, and working with court-mandated families.  She has lived and practiced in the Best Southwest Dallas area since 1999.