The Other Side of the Couch

the blog for therapists that want to stay energized!

About the Author: Melissa Danielson

Melissa Danielson is a counselor living and working in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a Masters of Counseling from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Melissa has worked in hospital, pastoral, family treatment center and private practice settings. She has expertise in treating children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Melissa has had a wide range of training and practice. Her experience ranges from crisis and emergency support to long-term management of mental health concerns and family distress. This includes chronic mental illness, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders and trauma that affect children, adolescents, adults and families. Her specialized areas of practice include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, infidelity, marriage counseling, adjustment disorders, sexual abuse and other trauma as well as practitioner well-being.

Melissa’s approach uses a faith-based, strength based, brief solution focused therapy embedded in a narrative view. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is a credentialed EMDR practitioner.

Melissa is currently in private practice. You may find out more about her at

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Counseling Book: Therapy for Mental Health Therapists

This book should be a staple on the bookshelves of every counselor, therapist, social worker and any other care provider in human services.  This is healing for the healer– therapy that turns its sights from the patient on the proverbial couch to the caregiver who runs a daily practice fraud with the stress and strain of helping others.

Melissa Danielson gives us an insider’s view of the daily work and challenges of a counseling practitioner.  She offers a bouquet of help to helpers: how to manage time, set healthy workday boundaries, manage stress, crisis, nutrition, and rest and compassion fatigue.  Her techniques include visualization, dreams, art, aromatherapy, cleansing rituals, progressive relaxation, meditation and more.  In an effort to equip practitioners with the tools they need for their own well-being, she gives tips for in-office and at-home management of a challenging profession that are creative, effective and often fun.

Her sensitivity is clear.  She understands the fine balance of managing an often overwhelming life’s work with the self-care required to create a successful and rewarding career.  Practitioners will find a variety of remedies for the stressors of practice as well as keen insight into the demands of the workaday world.

The Other Side of the Couch is a how-to manual and a portable support system for practitioners who constantly struggle to maintain a healthy balance of care for others and care for self.  These pages will give you what, unfortunately, graduate school did not: a way to stay healthy enough to help others heal.

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February 2010