Melissa Quam, LMFT
Master’s Degree: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor’s Degree: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
Licensure: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have been providing therapy to children, adolescents, and their families for 11 years. My entire life, people have confided in me and through those experiences I have learned that helping people is part of who I am. Prior to PrairieCare, I worked as an outpatient therapist as well as at a residential treatment center. I has advanced training and/or certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Permanency and Adoption Competency, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Board Approved Clinical Supervision. I joined the team at PrairieCare to create an intensive outpatient program that would better serve the needs of the clients I was seeing in an outpatient setting, that wasn’t hospitalization. Often people are struggling and need more intensive support, and I wanted to be part of providing more intensive options in our community. Aside from working individually with adolescents, I have special interest in helping parents and/or family systems improve their abilities to care for one another and meet the needs of the family system. I enjoy doing family therapy and/or teaching parent skills groups to help the adults involved with the adolescent feel more equipped to support the child they are bringing to my office. I believe that we are all doing the best we can with the tools we have, and I hope to help people have more tools that they feel capable using on a daily basis to maintain progress and create improvement in their lives.
A collaborative approach to therapy is very important to me in my relationship with patients and their families. I want to be able to encourage people in such a way that they are able to sustain themselves in their growth and healing, and I believe that collaboration and connection is an invaluable way to do so. I think in a systemic way, and want to treat the entire individual in the context of his/her life; focusing on an individual’s strengths, biology, history, and current supports/skills. I want to make sure that through my relationship with patients and their families I am encouraging their growth, providing a safe and nurturing environment, building trust, and increasing use of skills so that individual can continue to have success in his/her life outside of the therapeutic relationship. It is my dream that, in the future, mental health care will be viewed as preventative part of everyone’s wellness. We will shift our culture in such a way that we view taking care of emotions, and healing from past hurts, as important as taking care of our physical bodies. After all, one does not exist without the other.
Quote from a patient “Instead of avoiding the hard stuff, you embraced it. You challenged every stubborn bone in my body, but never gave up on me.” “You helped save my life, and for that I will forever be grateful. Thank you for never giving up on me.”
I enjoy being engaged in relationships, both at work and at home. When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my husband, our children, and other extended family members. I love learning new things and can often be found reading 3-4 books at a time.
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
SPECIAL CLINICAL INTEREST
Parenting & Family Relationships