Hello! My name is Melanie Hoskinson. I am a licensed professional counselor by definition of credentials. However, you may also refer to me as a nonjudgmental being, an empathetic voice of reason and a motivational support. I received my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Cleveland State University.I have a background in treating clients with co-occurring disorders and I am also a school-based therapist in Cincinnati. The clients I have primarily served have been diagnosed with a chemical addiction and a mental illness. A large quantity of these clients were diagnosed with, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or Bipolar 1 Disorder while also having a chemical addiction to alcohol or drugs.
I have used several therapeutic techniques with this population such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychoeducation, and mindfulness techniques. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the technique I am most
familiar with which helps a client become aware of distorted cognitions within. Once a client is able to identify these inaccurate thoughts, he or she will be able to view challenging situations more clearly and respond in a more effective manner.
I incorporate the psychoeducation component into my work to help these clients understand the negative effects alcohol and drugs (or any negative behaviors in general) are having on their lives, emotionally and physically. I also incorporate a person-centered approach with clients, meaning that I believe each individual is the expert on him/herself, not me. A client knows who s/he is better than I do, so I will help to motivate and empower each person as much as possible in order for him or her to fulfill his or her potential.
I want to thank you for having the courage to take the first step on this journey to self-fulfillment. Acknowledging to yourself and possibly to others in your life that counseling may be in your future is not easy for some. We as human beings often do not like to ask for help from others. Doing such a thing takes bravery and strength, which I sense are qualities you possess simply by being here. One phrase I hear often when working with individuals is “I have made so many mistakes…” Not only do I appreciate the transparency, but I also see this as a sign of hope. A wise counselor once told me, “We have all made mistakes, and we have all done things right. How many of you can say you have learned more from the stuff you’ve done right compared to the mistakes you’ve made?” Fewer words have stuck by me stronger than these have, because she was, in fact, right. Looking back on my life, I can honestly say I do not remember many valuable lessons following something I have done right. I can, however, go on for days about all of the lessons I have learned post mistake. Many people who first meet me ask me, “So what made you decide to become a counselor?” While some may think this is a loaded question, for me the answer is quite simple.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been the friend, sister, classmate, and coworker that people turn to for guidance, support, or simply to listen. I was taught from an early age that everyone is fighting their own battle in some way, shape, or form, and this statement holds true in my counseling philosophy as well. Throughout our lives, we will all hit speed bumps and construction, and sometimes flat out traffic jams, so to speak. My purpose is to help lead you to the life you want to live, showing you several alternate routes to the same destination, with you remaining in the driver’s seat. I believe not in solving my clients’ issues for them, rather helping them to develop the tools to reach resolution on their own.
How might you ask will we accomplish this?
-Through a consensual agreement on attainable futuristic goals
-Unconditional positive regard for each and every client
-Safe space to explore repressed, suppressed or foreign emotions
-Disrupting a client’s equilibrium, or in other words, interfering with the way a client is going through life by bringing awareness to unhealthy coping skills and negative situations
-Challenging a client by asking s/he to lean in to the discomfort and peel back the layers they have spent their lives creating
Thank you again for taking the first step and learning more about what the counseling road trip has to offer. I am truly eager to meet you so we can explore this journey together. If you feel that this would be a good fit for you, or even if you are unsure and would like more information, please feel free to give me a call at 513-306-4000 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to
hearing from you!