Melanie Hanson, MEd, LPCC
Therapist & Counselor
Melanie is an energetic, enthusiastic counselor who loves to help women rewrite their story. She strives to guide others to become an expert in their own lives and embrace their personal story. Melanie enjoys helping people understand themselves through symbols, themes, and common narratives. She brings creativity in session and encourages uninhibited expression in session.
Melanie has a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development and a Bachelor’s in English Literature with an emphasis on creative writing and a minor in Studio Art.
At the Colorado Women’s Center, Melanie utilizes a collaborative person-centered approach to encourage acceptance and positive self-esteem. Melanie firmly believes in the power of unconditional positive regard and creating a non-judgmental space for clients to explore. She also utilizes an existential-humanistic approach to help challenge narratives, address common themes, and create a life of passion and purpose. Melanie often uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in session to teach valuable skills like mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.
She also utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has experience with the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent community and strives to be an identity affirming, culturally sound therapist. Melanie shows up to the session ready to understand and help clients make lasting positive changes.
Melanie is currently furthering her DBT skills and is seeking additional training on Somatic Experiencing Therapy. Additionally, she has a substance abuse certification and can help clients navigate their relationship with substances. When working with couples, Melanie utilizes the Gottman Method to help couples get back on track. Melanie is familiar with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, Autism, interpersonal relationship issues, self-esteem and adverse childhood experiences.
In Melanie’s spare time she can often be found listening to music, exploring nature, spending time with her animals. Live music is her life source and is passionate about connecting with the world through the arts.