About me

I am an individual and family therapist with 19 years of experience in this field and 13 years as a therapist. I have experience in many areas of mental health and family and social issues including, but not limited to: generalized anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, PTSD, parenting problems, domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma. I have some experience working with gender dysphoria. I have worked in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, at risk youth (alternative education and a residential program), therapy for child protective services cases, community mental health, state prison, private practice, and teaching (online and in person). I am working towards specializing in trauma. I have learned three different types of trauma therapies this past year (Brainspotting, CPT, and Accelerated Response Therapy) and am working on getting certified in all three. Each of these therapies has it's place in an individual's abiity to overcome trauma. However, I deal with more than just trauma and I have more tools (i.e., CBT, motivational interviewing, reality therapy, family systems therapy, and DBT - to name a few). My therapy style is warm, respectful and interactive. I believe therapy is individualized (every person is different with different needs) and the therapy styles. Hope, empowerment, a good relationship and education are things I feel are integral to a successful therapeutic experience. If you want to be heard, learn, and work towards bettering yourself, I am here to support and assist you in this endeavor. I look forward to meeting you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma, Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IL LCPC 180.008965

GA LPC LPC011346

AL LPC 3958


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Melissa Chovan. 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 Jan 28, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 5 months

Dr. Chovan has been knowledgeable, experienced and supportive. She responds quickly and always. We have been fortunate to have found her!

Written on Jan 21, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 11 months

Dr. Chovan is very professional and very knowledgeable

Written on Dec 20, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger management

I find my sessions with Dr Chovan extremely helpful.

Written on Nov 25, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Chovan is super kind and understanding!

Written on Nov 25, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse

I consider myself very lucky to have come across her and have her support!

Written on Nov 13, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

She helped me with my PTSD so much when no one else could. I didn’t think I would ever leave my apartment again before working with her. She taught me what I needed to do in order to get over that. I am forever grateful.
She understood me and didn’t make me feel like my fears were irrational or so nominal that they didn’t matter. She listened to me , validated me, and genuinely cared about my success.

Written on Aug 19, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

Amazing! Dr. Chovan is very supportive and has such a wealth of information!

Written on Jul 26, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Listened well. Suggestions good.

Written on Jul 21, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Chovan is personable and kind, and she instantly creates a safe environment where I feel comfortable diving right in and talking about my issues.

Written on Jul 11, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a review for Dr. Chovan. I have only had about a month's experience with her, however she dove in and got us on a path to get the most out of our of sessions together. Some exercises about Cognitive Dissonance and Schema were new to me and extremely enlightening. I came to trust her quickly and was enthusiastic about our work together. I would recommend her to anyone that has PTSD and Depression issues. She has cleared some of the fog surrounding a project I am working on and I feel I have a realistic regard for it now.

Written on Jul 11, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

She is absolutely wonderful and helped me so much!!

Written on Feb 10, 2023 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

I feel safe talking to her and she’s a great listener

Written on Dec 01, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Dr. Chovan is so incredibly patient and listens very well. She always makes the conversation extremely personal and makes you feel less like a patient and more like an individual. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new therapist!

Written on Nov 25, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Only 2 sessions in but Melissa has been understanding and supportive. She also proactively reaches out to me.

Written on Oct 13, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She has done a fantastic job of making me feel comfortable and able to open up. It feels more like the ease of a friendly conversation.

Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've been working with Melissa for several months. She's helped me sort out many personal and relationship issues. Very good listener, problem solver and coach. She's great.

Written on Sep 03, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

She is excellent!

Written on Aug 17, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Dr Chovan is very insightful. She listens to concerns openly. She engages with real world strategies to help cope with daily life.

Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Very helpful

Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. Chovan is responsive and offers great advice. I look forward to our sessions each week! She is encouraging and makes me feel like each issue I want to work through is important. No issue is too big or small to bring to therapy!

Written on Jul 24, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

She's supportive and informative. I told her I wanted practical solutions, ideas, and strategies for dealing with trauma. She has already exceeded my expectations.

Written on Jul 02, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compa

Dr. Chovan has been absolutely wonderful. i’m really grateful for the feedback - approach & advice she offers. it has all been incredibly helpful and insightful. thank you for a great experience and the help you’ve provided me in such a heavy time.

Written on Jun 30, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning anger management

Very helpful. Recommended behavioral strategies that yielded immediate results.

Written on Jun 26, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

She’s amazing, listens to my needs.

Work with me!