Credentials and Professional Experience
Melissa Light holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Emory University. She received her Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University and in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University.
Melissa has a background as an elementary teacher and transitioned to the counseling profession to be able to give children and their families more individualized care. Melissa completed her practicum and internship at Ray of Hope, providing play therapy for children and individual and couples counseling for adults. She has worked with individuals to address mood and anxiety disorders, grief, and relationship issues. In addition to private practice, she has provided therapy in a university counseling center and at an outpatient recovery center for opioid addiction. As a counselor at the recovery center, she led a Women’s Self-Care group which addressed issues of physical and emotional well-being, co-dependency, healthy boundaries, and parenthood. Additionally, Melissa has served as a guest speaker for a support group for new mothers in the Atlanta area.
Melissa sees her role as being a guide to help clients gain understanding of themselves. In doing so, clients can address barriers and learn how to live at their full potential. She works from an eclectic approach, using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to explore thought and behavior patterns and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help clients better manage their emotions and relationships. Clients come to therapy with their own goals and individual strengths and Melissa partners with her clients to navigate personal growth in a supportive, nurturing environment.
Areas of Expertise:
- Women’s Issues
- Play Therapy
- Grief and Loss
- Anger Issues
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Ray of Hope Counseling Services accepts all forms of insurance and Medicaid, has seven convenient locations in Kennesaw, GA, Alpharetta, GA, Conyers, GA, Athens, GA, Canton, GA , Peachtree City, GA and East Cobb/Marietta, GA also serving the surrounding counties.
Call us at (678) 213-2194