Melissa Cauthen


About me

Blessings to you:
I am licensed Social Worker in Illinois with 20+ years of professional work experience, with most of those years being in therapeutic situations working with adolescents. My extensive social work experience has allowed me to work with many walks of life, where I have advocated for their best qualities of their life, always. I have much experience working with diverse populations and have the ability to meet people where they are at. I believe my gift of being a minority helps a great deal in this ability. I thrive on positivity and mental wellness, with a clear understanding and vision of one's light. With this gift, I feel I am called to help others live their best lives, and give skills to help keep their light bright. I am a natural promoter of empowerment and hold a great deal of empathy. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, family conflicts, etc. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Antisocial Personality , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


IL LCSW 149023198


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melissa Cauthen. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Teen Counseling might be different.

Written on Nov 19, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks

My daughter has talked to a number of different guidance counselors and therapists, but it was through her work with Melissa that I started to see her really improve her outlook and start to deal with her life's challenges in healthier ways. I am so grateful. I am starting to see a side of my daughter that I hadn't seen in years.

Written on Nov 09, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Melissa is awesome!

Written on Oct 29, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month

She is a very good therapist, she helped me a lot, I have overcome great things, thanks to her I am very grateful.

Work with me!