Meet Our Clinical Staff

Melissa J. Villodas, M.S., LPC, NCC

Primary Therapist for SUWS of the Carolinas 14-17 year old females

Melissa is a licensed professional counselor, who has experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of therapeutic settings. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she worked for several years as a wilderness field instructor before receiving her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University.

Melissa has experience supporting families and adolescents struggling with a variety of symptoms related to attachment and trauma. Melissa has specialized training in Family Centered Treatment, EMDR, and Trauma focused CBT. Some of the broad issues addressed in her clinical work include: attachment, trauma, conflicted family relationships, body image, identity, self-harm, and relational struggles. Melissa uses a family systems approach, to support families and girls to create healthy connections. She believes in the power of experiential, “in the moment” intervention which creates self-awareness and understanding through mindfulness and peer connection. She is passionate about empowering young women to discover their inner beauty and reach greatness.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking, backpacking, and Mtn. bike riding with her dogs Bentley & Aston. She also enjoys traveling, painting, and playing in her gardens.

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The wilderness therapy offered at SUWS was the dynamic solution needed to help my son with his behavioral issues. When my son left SUWS, he was completely changed for the better and also created new bonds and unforgettable memories! I can't recommend SUWS enough for anyone in a similar situation!

– Britney A.