Welcome to my therapy practice! I am Melody and I specialize in helping people achieve happier and healthier lives. As a licensed therapist, my priority is to create a safe and nonjudgmental space where people can open up about their feelings and experiences. I believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life, and that achieving that requires a compassionate and understanding support system. I help clients sort through their thoughts and feelings to find the answers they are looking for. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, LGBTQ+ concerns, sexual concerns, or family conflict. I am here to listen and help you on your journey of personal development.
Asking for help might make you feel uncomfortable or weak but it actually takes tremendous courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take steps towards change.
If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support you.
Areas of Focus
Are you feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope with anxiety and stress? Achieve peace and calm through therapy sessions with a focus on mindfulness and CBT. We can work together to find the tools and strategies you need to manage your emotions and live a more fulfilling life.
If you're struggling with feelings of depression, lack of energy or motivation, or just feeling lost in finding meaning and purpose in your life, therapy can help. At my practice, I provide a safe and nurturing environment for you to explore your emotions and thoughts, and work towards positive change.
If you're struggling with alcohol or nicotine, therapycan help you understand the root of the problem and develop strategies to overcome it. You can reduce the impact of alcohol or other substances on your life. It's never too late to get the help you need to live a healthier life.
Codependency and Relationship Anxiety
Sexual health and wellness are key components of a happy, fulfilling life. Therapy can help you overcome any barriers you may be experiencing by providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can explore your sexuality and improve your overall physical and emotional well-being.
Therapy can support you through any difficult life situation. Whether you're struggling with stress management, adjusting to a new life change, or feeling unhappy in your career or family life, I am here to help. I provide a safe and confidential space to talk through your concerns and develop strategies for managing and overcoming any obstacles.
There are a lot of challenges with living with relationship anxiety. Therapy can help you develop the skills and strategies you need to manage anxiety and achieve greater freedom in your life and relationships. Therapy provides a supportive and compassionate environment, where you can explore your feelings and develop practical coping tools.
Ketamine Assisted Treatment
I offer a therapeutic modality called Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in partnership with an organization called Journey Clinical.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a holistic modality in which ketamine is used as a complement to psychotherapy to help eligible patients experience more frequent breakthroughs and sustained improvement in symptoms. I take on the psychotherapy portion of the experience, while Journey Clinical’s medical team supports you on all medical aspects. This includes determining eligibility, developing a custom treatment plan, prescribing the medicine and monitoring outcomes.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a legal, safe and effective medicine used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine has rapidly acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which can begin to take effect within 1-2 hrs. after treatment. It works by blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors as well as by stimulating AMPA receptors, which are thought to help form new synaptic connections and boost neural circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to enhance overall neuroplasticity for lasting symptom improvement. Ketamine can be administered in a variety of ways, including IV infusion, intramuscular injection, via nasal spray and using sublingual lozenges. In my work with Journey Clinical we only use the sublingual lozenge
How does Ketamine work?
Modulates glutamate, a major neurotransmitter that helps us process thoughts and emotions.
Increases neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to adapt and heal.
Stimulates growth of neural pathways and disrupts thought loops that may contribute to anxiety and depression.
Helps regulate emotions and creates an anti-anxiety effect without unwanted side effects.
How does Ketamine feel?
The effects of ketamine, which most patients find pleasant, last for approximately 45 minutes. These effects can make you feel “far from” your body, and facilitate shifts in perception that can often feel expansive in nature. Your motor and verbal abilities will be reduced, so you’ll be lying down in a comfortable position during the experience. Once these effects subside, we’ll spend the remainder of our appointment giving you space to process and discuss your experience. While it may feel hard to articulate what happens during the experience, patients feel like the insights gained are clear.
My practice is in-network with several commercial health insurance plans. I am not in network with medicare, medicaid, or plans from the New York Health Exchange.
In-network Health Insurance Plans
Blue Cross Blue Shield (this includes Antham, Excellus, Empire, Highmark WNY)
Self Pay (not using health insurance)
New Client Evaluation $120
45 Minute Follow up Appointments $85
Ketamine Session (2.5 hours) $300
In Case of Emergency
Go to the emergency room at your local hospital.
Crisis Text Line:
New York State has partnered with Crisis Text Line, an anonymous texting service available 24/7. Starting a conversation is easy. Text GOT5 to 741741.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
If your life or someone else's is in imminent danger, please call 911. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone else is in a relationship is being controlled by another individual through verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, or other tactics, please call: 1-800-942-6906
If your life or someone else's is in imminent danger, please call 911. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call (800) 273-8255, 24/7.