Melissa's Story

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a mom. I went to college, initially for social work and sociology (liking my sociology classes better than my social work classes), got married, and looked forward to starting a family. I started out with twins in 2004 and decided to take a hiatus from the working world. That hiatus lasted for 10 years and 2 more kids later, I decided it was time to go back to school. I did not have a plan, did not know what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to go. I just sat with the idea that I would get a graduate degree and move into a new career. One day, it dawned on me . . . I would go to seminary. This realization was surprising as I did not want to be a parish pastor but I looked into it. What I found was a dual master’s program in both theology and marriage and family therapy. Combining my love of systems and my desire to exist in the ministry space as well as a pragmatic career goal of therapist sounded perfect. Within a couple of months I was registering for classes.
Today, I have an MA in theology from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and an MA in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis Minnesota.
As a therapist, I work with children and families. I also have a leadership position in a children, youth, and family program in a congregation.
I have a passion for families and helping families become more authentically themselves. I also believe that spirituality is an important aspect of holistic mental health. I look forward to joining Emily in this work of helping families to create time and space for quiet, connection, and spiritual growth.


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