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    Melissa Cavanaugh, LPC-S, RPT

    “Hi, I’m Melissa, but lots of people call me Mel! I’ll answer to both! I could tell you about my master program and all of the modalities I function from, but I’d prefer for you to get to know the real me! My BIG passion in this field is helping children (adult children too) that have been affected by addiction in their families. I was raised by my grandparents in Lafayette, LA because my mom was sick and struggled with the horrible disease that is addiction. I was supported and loved deeply, but there are things I wish I would have known growing up. It is my mission to be that support and education, one client at a time. I wrote a book a couple of years ago titled, “Please, Write Back” and it’s all about my emotional journey of loving and losing my mom to addiction. Telling my story was important and powerful!

    I believe in being my true authentic self in order to form real and genuine connections with my clients. With that being said, catch me in workout pants 90% of the time. I try to go to yoga or pilates before work every day, and often don’t want to change. Work smarter, not harder. Am I right? In the therapy room, take your shoes off or bring your lunch. I want every person that comes into my space to feel comfortable to come as they are.

    Full disclosure, my life is a little hectic as I recently got married to a Naval aviator, which has led to me splitting time between California with him and Louisiana with my practice. Don’t worry, I offer telehealth when I am away! Bonus for telehealth sessions is that you might get to meet one of my three cats that love to say hello.

    Moral of the story is that I am a real human, with real life experiences, and I am here to help in whatever way I can. Whether that be scheduling a session, or helping you find the right person to help you or your child to heal. Thanks for being here!”


    I am licensed in Louisiana, Washington, and Maine.


    As mentioned earlier, I wrote and published my story of loving and losing my mom to addiction, and it has been one of the most healing things I could have ever done. If you’d like to support me and purchase a copy click the link below!

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