Melissa O'Neill, Ph.D., LPC, CEDS, CMCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Dr. Melissa O’Neill is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Melissa’s focus on healing begins with acknowledging that each of us is inherently valuable, the space we inhabit matters, and sometimes the stories we tell ourselves are not true. Together with Melissa you will work to unearth your personal values and meaning, and to rewrite those harmful stories in order to live a full life integral to your true self.
As the only counselor in Alaska with the Certified Eating Disorders Specialist designation, Melissa is passionate about providing care and education to her clients, their loved ones, and the community. Having worked with folks with eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders in higher levels of care since 2013, Melissa understands the complex nature of these issues and is committed to helping her clients find the freedom that healing and recovery can bring.
In addition to working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating/exercise, and body image distress, Melissa is also passionate about supporting individuals across the spectrum of motherhood, working with military service members and dependents, supporting folks through life transitions and relational adjustments, and is an LGBTQIA+ affirming provider. Melissa views therapy as existential in nature. She weaves self-compassion, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) into her approach.
Melissa grew up in the Heartland but has lived coast-to-coast with the military in her adult life before settling in Alaska. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Eastern New Mexico University, and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Adams State University. In her spare time, she enjoys being in the mountains or at the lake with her family; reading, cycling, and yoga.