I am passionate about helping people overcome past trauma and discover the life they were meant to live. Have you ever wondered why you have that SAME problem that keeps popping up again, despite all of your best efforts to get it under control? There could be a trauma at the root of it. Trauma is not what happened to you, it’s not a scary event or experience, but rather, it’s the WOUND or INJURY that you received as a result of a scary experience or, many experiences. A trauma wound can also include ongoing, chronic emotional or physical neglect, or abuse, experienced during childhood.
Trauma (big or small) acts like a clog in the pipes of your subconscious. You can do all sorts of things to work around it, even learn to live with it, but it won’t truly be gone without going through the neuroscience-based steps to trauma recovery. The goal of trauma recovery work is to clear those blocks and restore your nervous system to its proper mode of functioning. Get YOU back into balance.
Having had a diagnosis of C-PTSD myself means I get what you are are dealing with, though you might not label it that way at the moment. If your struggles are related to excessive anxiety, family or relationship problems, whacky emotions, a sense of turmoil and being lost, I’ve been there, and I can help guide you through, wherever you are on your own healing journey.
Melissa Yost, LCSW
Private Practice Since 2013
Boston University M.S.W. ’03 Clinical concentration
Boston College B.A. ’00 summa cum laude, Psychology, Honors Program
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
Florida Qualified Supervisor (LCSW & LMFT)
Florida Lic. 11657 PA Lic. SW126443
Hi, I’m Melissa!
I decided to become a social worker in order to help kids overcome abuse and neglect, rise above poverty, and learn how to cope with parental mental illness and dysfunctional family dynamics. In short, I wanted to go back and give others the help I never received as a kid. Turns out, I still had my own work to do. After going through my own extensive trauma recovery therapy several years ago, I refocused my commitment to working specifically with adult survivors of childhood chronic abuse and/or neglect.
My practice also includes treating people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I have family members whose struggles with these conditions inspired me to learn more. OCD is one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions, and that needs to change. From a provider point of view, treatment is simple. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is the gold standard. From the client and family perspective, it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever done. The fear is just as real as any trauma.
What to Expect
Working with me, you’ll experience respectful, personalized therapy based on a combination of my lived experience, extensive neuroscience research and strong clinical training.
My theoretical orientation and techniques utilized includes:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- EMDR (in training)
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
- Liberation Health Framework / AntiRacist practice
- Somatic/body-focused trauma techniques
- Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY)
- Cohesion Therapy (Bruce Ecker)
- Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (in training)
I can’t wait to partner with you to explore what’s been keeping you blocked so you can move from surviving to thriving.
With the help of a seasoned professional, you will be able to reprocess traumatic memory, getting it out of the darkness once and for all, to where you can put it in its proper place in your adult life. No longer having power over you, but simply another piece of the incredible puzzle which makes up WHO you REALLY ARE.
It doesn’t have to take forever, and it doesn’t have to be awkward or hard. My therapy style is warm, collaborative, nonjudgemental, and empowering.
Freedom is your birthright.
Truth is yours to discover, and never let go.
I’m so excited for you to experience what you’ve always deserved!
“Traumatized people will lead the world out of this mess. There is power in confronting the hidden pain and coming out on the other side, intact.”
Melissa Yost, LCSW
I am committed to the values of service, social justice, dignity & worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.