Melissa Feeley, MFT

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COUNSELOR

Melissa Feeley, MFT

Melissa Feeley loves working as a Counselor at Newport Academy for the opportunity to help clients find meaning in their life and have a safe space to be heard, validated, and empowered. When she was in her adolescent years, an immediate family member was diagnosed with PTSD with impacted the overall family dynamic. This experience encouraged her to become educated on mental health-related issues to help both her family and others. One of her biggest influences is Salvador Minuchin, the father of Structural Family Therapy. Minuchin believed the cooperation of parents and other family members is essential for successful treatment, and that the root of most problems is not within the child, but rather within the family unit as a whole. Therefore, in order to change the child’s behavior, the entire ecosystem of family dynamics should be evaluated and changed for the better.

Melissa has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS), both of which she uses in her role at Newport Academy. In her opinion, she excels at treating behavioral issues, substance abuse, and other mental health-related issues including depression, anxiety and self-harm.

Newport Academy…in her own words.

“Newport Academy shifts the focus from the client to the family in order to restore trust, communication, and connection.” – Melissa Feeley

Select Achievements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Central Connecticut State University
  • Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University