Melanie graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ with a dual BA in Psychology and Visual Arts and earned her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work, where she was elected to the Phi Alpha Honor Society.
Melanie is currently a psychoanalyst-in-training in the four-year program at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC). She is a member of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW). She has worked several years as a clinician in an outpatient mental health & wellness center in Chelsea providing counseling services for clients.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Melanie had a 15-year career as a photo editor in book publishing. Melanie is a visual artist specializing in mixed media portraiture and has had her work shown in Noho Gallery, Chelsea. She is also a mindfulness practitioner and has experience facilitating mindfulness groups for clients from diverse backgrounds. Melanie has a passion for Shakespearean theater and hiking in the great outdoors. She speaks fluent French.
Melanie consistently pursues a very committed, high standard of psychotherapeutic work. She blends a deep intuition with respectful interaction that develops into a strong working alliance. She keeps an ear to a person’s self-determination, creatively supporting the best for those with whom she works.
– Michael Jenkins, LCSW at PPSC
As a practicing visual artist, Melanie strongly believes in harnessing the power of creativity for personal transformation.
She utilizes psychoanalytic and mindfulness approaches to support self-exploration and self-discovery in a safe, compassionate space. Melanie works with individuals and groups.
Melanie has a favorite quote from Leonard Cohen: “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Melanie believes brokenness can cause people so much pain and turmoil, and yet it is that very brokenness or imperfection that can unlock their greatest potential. As a psychotherapist Melanie’s goal is to help patients tap into that luminous potential in order to expand choices in their lives and to further their personal growth.
Education & Certificates
Certificate in Psychoanalysis (pending)
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC)
Master of Social Work
Silver School of Social Work, New York University
Dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Visual Arts