Licensed Psychologist, Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Provider type: Psychotherapist
Patient Age: Adult, Child & Adolescent, Geriatric
Services Provided: Consultation, Clinical Evaluation, and Psychotherapy
Melinda Warner provides a comprehensive approach to therapy treating depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and adjustment to changes in life circumstances. Parents, nurses, teachers, grandparents and other caregivers enjoy her sense of humor enjoy and benefit from counseling with Dr. Warner. Adults navigating changes in their careers and relationships work with Dr. Warner on defeating their negative, limiting beliefs.
Dr. Warner provides individual therapy using a relational, play-based approached with very young children, and a more verbal, problem-based approach with older children. CBT counseling is available when or if Dr. Warner feels it would be the most effective modality.
Dr. Warner provides other evidence-based psychological treatments as well. Her areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, stress-related disorders (e.g., headache, chronic pain, IBS, insomnia, hypertension), and health-behavior/lifestyle changes. She utilizes a variety of modalities depending on clients’ needs and ability to tolerate a given approach. These include, but are not limited to; stress-management/relaxation techniques, mindfulness-based interventions and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Specialized training in work with low birth weight and/or premature babies was acquired when Dr. Warner worked with NICU Follow-up teams at Boston Children's Hospital and then at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children - North Shore, Salem, MA. It is her strong belief that no child is "too young" nor "too damaged" to be helped by a well-trained, highly-experienced clinician. Depending on the age and development of the child, she may work with the child alone, the parent alone, or with the child and her primary care giver simultaneously.
Dr. Warner is board-certified at the Diplomate level in Pediatric Neuropsychology. She is also able to provide neuropsychological evaluations and consultations for adults and geriatric patients. She specializes in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning for individuals with neurological injuries or diseases including dementia, medical conditions that may affect cognition, developmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, autism spectrum, intellectual and learning disabilities), and emotional problems that can affect personal relationships, work/school, and/or social functioning.
Dr. Warner provides neuropsychological evaluations and consultations for children from birth through age 18 as well as young adults with developmental concerns. She specializes in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning for children with questions of developmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, autism spectrum, intellectual and learning disabilities), medical and neurological disorders (e.g., epilepsy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, Lyme and other infectious disease, spina bifida, genetic conditions, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and concussion, emotional difficulties (e.g., depression and anxiety disorders), and other concerns related to education, learning, and development.
Dr. Warner received her doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at Boston University, including a pre -doctoral internship at Tufts-New England Medical Center and a practicum at the Atlanticare Medical Center in Lynn, MA. Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Warner received a Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
She decided to sit for the Pediatric Neuropsychology Board exams in February, 2005 and because of the whims of the calendar that year, sat for those exams six (6) months later, preceding Hurricane Wilma in Tampa, FL by two (2) days. Dr. Warner holds Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Combined with her work with professionals effected by Hurricane Katrina earlier that same summer, Dr. Warner feels more than comfortable working with people of all ages whose lives have been touched by mass disaster.
Additionally, Dr. Warner earned a Post-doctoral Certificate in Clinical Health Psychology from William James University (previously the MA School of Professional Psychology) in Jamaica Plain, MA.