Hey there! It’s Melisa Arroyo, your friendly neighborhood counselor. Here's a bit about me. I aim to live authentically with love in all that I do. So of course, I am myself even as a counselor. I am not your average Christian and I am not your average young Millenial. Although I am unique and blessed with talents/ gifts that are special to me, I don't think I am better than anyone. I think by uplifting others in their gifts and talents we can create a better world around us. As an edgy, out of the box person I used to think that being different would make me alone in this world. It wasn't until I understood that everyone has been made lovingly and wonderfully by God as unique individuals who are intricately thought- out parts of a whole that I found my place.
So why did I become an integrative counselor? Here’s a bit of my story (look out for a longer version on YouTube). My father is a Physical Education Teacher who spent his early childhood in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico like my ancestors. My mother, a Special Education Teacher, was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. Both of my began living in East Los Angeles California as children where my grandparents brought them to live the American dream. I am a proud Mexican- American, a Chicana.
My early childhood was spent nestled in the city of Angeles where I began learning about the value of faith, wellness, culture, and community. Later I moved to Fontana, CA where my faith in Christ strengthened, developed a thirst for knowledge, and learned how to be a nurturer. My two siblings with special needs also shaped my view of the world. They are truly special as they have taught me love and understanding. Then I moved to Texas where I spent my adolescence. Texas is where I experienced my deepest heartaches and hardest lessons.
Where I came from, everything I’ve been through, everyone I’ve met, everything I’ve learned has impacted how I see the world and my overall wellness. My culture, upbringing, interpersonal relationships, economic status, environment, mentality, emotions, physical wellness, and spirituality are the melting pot of who I am and of how well I am. It’s hard to understand, much less balance and heal one’s well-being.
So that’s why I do it. I know how hard it is to maintain wellness. I love being able to venture with others through their life’s journey lending a listening ear and helping hand. I love helping people develop their gifts. I love helping people develop better relationships with themselves, others, and God.
I began Counseling June 8, 2022. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor - Associate (Texas # 87230) in the state of Texas supervised by Cecilia Segura-Paz, MEd, LPC-S.
I obtained my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counsleing from Texas A&M University- San Antonio in 2021.
I have specialized training in Integrative Mental Health, DBT ( dialectical behavior therapy), ACT ( Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), grief and trauma.
NPI # 1700549839
My Counseling Specialties
I work with professionals and chrisitans who are working on finding harmony in life. I will coach you through skills that help manage emotions and stress. I also offer skills to build or maintain thriving relationships with others as well as yourself. Together, we will find healing, hope, and harmony through mind, body, spirit, and more. Learn more here
*I am not a medical practitioner. I am a Licensed professional cousnelor - Associate with specialized training in intergrative mental health. The state of Texas law allows professional counselors to provide wellness information but does not provide professional counselors with the ability to prescribe.
** I am NOT an amergancy mental health care provider. Call 988 for crisis and suicide prevention.
*** I offer general wellness information online. It is not always applicable to everyone. Consult a credible professional for individualized health care services.
****I do not provide services through social media platforms. Due to the importance of your confidentiality and the importance of minimizing dual relationships, I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when we meet and we can talk more about it.