Jacquelyn Mellis


About Me

Hello! Welcome to Better Help! Bravo for taking that first step to consider counseling! I will do everything I can to help you get comfortable with this format.

I am honored to provide counseling for teens and parents on this platform. It is a great match for teens, with many choices for how we interact. And the pace is set by you. My experience has taught me to take the time to develop my relationship with you, as that is the heart of counseling. My approach is client centered and strengths-based. I will focus on your concerns and you will set the agenda and the pace. I will help you use your natural strengths to navigate your challenges. I will encourage you to get a bigger picture of your situation, as that will provide you with more options for how to proceed in a way most comfortable to you. I am a great listener, and will help you get to know yourself, your strengths and your passion. I have learned to take my time with teens, so that you can develop trust, as you would take your time to trust anyone, as well. We will go at your pace. It's always okay to say, "I don't want to talk about that". I also have tools for quick stress management which can also help with focus and achievement, if you are interested .

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 28 years, with a primary focus on child and teen mental health.
I have served teens with a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, aspergers disorder, ADHD, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, among others. I presently work for a special education district as a substitute Clinical Social Worker, providing teen counseling to students with mental health concerns, and I have a private practice focused on teens and adults. I have worked in many middle schools and high schools for 23 years, counseling the teens with emotional and behavior challenges. I was on the staff of St. Louis Children's Hospital (the teaching hospital for Washington University) for 12 years, and provided counseling to teens and families on issues of sexual abuse and assault. I worked for several years as a family therapist, and supervised an agency group treatment program, which served teens who were recovering from sexual abuse, trauma and separation, and their families.
I use a cognitive behavioral approach, which focuses on developing awareness of how our thoughts, behaviors and feelings work together, and how we can change them to feel better and become more resilient. I teach strategies for how to handle the harder feelings, how to build more positive feelings and learn to live a balanced life.
When all of our systems are in balance, we are at peak performance.

I am non judgmental, compassionate and accepting.
I am here to support you, and help you achieve the goals that you set for yourself.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 35

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #001252 (Expires: 2021-09-30)


Written by J.A. on Jul 19, 2020 after counseling with Jacquelyn for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Very professional. Kind and genuinely cares about trying to help the patient.

Written by N.A. on Jul 18, 2020 after counseling with Jacquelyn for 1 month

She is a very good listener and replies almost always the same day. She sends links to helpful sources for breathing and focusing the mind. She has helped lots.