Melissa Platt, Ph.D.
My work focuses on helping survivors of betrayal trauma to heal and to thrive. Most of my clients have experienced a betrayal of trust either by loved ones such as a parent, partner, or friend, or an institution such as their university or employer. I specialize in helping survivors to overcome feelings of shame and self-criticism that are actually adaptive responses to betrayal trauma, but that are no longer serving them. In learning to let go of shame and self-criticism, a new way of living becomes possible that is richer, more joyful, and more connected than was previously possible.
I use several evidence-based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. In addition, and when it is a good fit, I help clients to follow their path to healing through dream work.
I deeply respect my clients and the courage it takes to confront what is most difficult. I also appreciate human diversity and enjoy working with people of varying gender, sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, and disability identities.