Last updated: 3/16/2015

Melissa K Nicholson, MSW, LMSW (616) 719-0194
Last Updated: 3/16/2015
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Gender: Female/Female Identifying

Languages Spoken:

Focusing on:
Adoption/Foster Care Anxiety/Panic Disorders Attachment Disorders Behavioral Problems Couple or Marital Issues Depression Family Issues Grief/Loss Interpersonal Relationships Life Transitions Parenting Issues Personality Disorders Postpartum Depression Pregnancy/Childbirth Sexual Abuse/Rape Suicidal Thoughts Trauma/PTSD Women's Issues
Also serving:
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.) Addictions/Substance Anger Management Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Bipolar Disorders Child Abuse and Neglect Developmental Disability Dissociative Disorders Domestic Violence Dual Diagnosis Eating Disorders Gender Identity Infant Mental Health Infertility Pain Management Physical Illness/Impairment Psychoses/Major Mental Illness Psychosomatic Self Abuse Sensory Processing Disorder Sleep Disorders Stress
Office and Contact Information
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Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health Services
3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE
Suite 258
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 719-0194

Office Hours:
MonBy appointment
Tue6:00pm – 8:00pm
Wed6:00pm – 8:00pm
Thu6:00pm – 8:00pm
FriBy appointment
Sat9:00am – 2:00pm
SunBy appointment
Online Schedule: Schedule
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 1 Day
Weekends: 1 Day

Access by Public Transportation
Access by Wheelchair
Evening Office Hours
Online Therapy (email, live chat, video)
Video Counseling (Zoom, Skype, etc.)
Weekend Office Hours


Years of Experience: 4+

MI - LMSW [6801092191]

Credentials and Certifications:
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Certificate of Intensive Training Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Certified Social Worker (CSW)
Child and Adolescent Therapist
Expressive Therapist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Suicide Prevention Specialist

Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $110
Couples: N/A
Group: N/A
Family: $110

Sliding Scale: Yes

Accept Credit Card: Yes

Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
Community Education
One Hour per week for Military and Families

Blue Care Network Advantage Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO)
Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana (PPO)
Blue Cross Blue Shield (Blue Care Network) Meridian Health Plan

Age Groups and Specific Populations (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adolescents (13-17) Adults (26-59) Children (6-12) Young Adults (18-25)
Preschool (Under 6) Seniors (60 +)
Specific populations:
Adopted Suicidal
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Caregivers Children of Divorce Chronic Illness College Students Disabled Interracial Families/Couples Military/Veterans Obese or Overweight Step Families
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Behavioral Cognitive/Behavioral Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Family-Based Treatment (FBT) Holistic Parent Guidance Play Therapy
Other theoretical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Advocacy Art Therapy Behavioral Medicine Body Centered Psychotherapy Coaching Crisis Intervention Dream Work or Analysis Education Consultation Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Existential Psychotherapy Expressive Therapy Gestalt Humanistic Information and Referral Internal Family Systems (IFS) Jungian Long-Term Meditation/Relaxation Mindfulness Based Approaches Prevention Psycho-Educational Relational Sandplay Therapy Short-Term (Brief Treatment) Systemic
Methods - focus areas:
Family Systems Individual
Other methods:
Couple/Marital Educational or Psycho-Educational Group Online Therapy Supervision/Consultation
Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Christian Jewish
Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Asian Caribbean Hispanic Irish Italian Native American
Professional Associations
Association for Play Therapy (APT) Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW) National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Sidran Institute
Adult Adoptee Support Group
A support group for adoptees, 18 years of age and older who are interested in connecting with other adult adoptees. Contact me if interested.
Group Focus: Adoption/Foster Care
General Issues
Group Status:
Group Type:
Member Age: Adults (26-59)
Member Gender:
Location: Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: (616) 446-5341
Meeting Time: Evening
Meeting Frequency: Every 2 weeks on Monday