Provider type: Psychotherapist
Patient Age: Child & Adolescent
Services Provided: Consultation, Clinical Evaluation, and Psychotherapy
Melinda S. Warner, Ed.D., ABPdN 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.
Dr Warner provides consultations for children and young adults from birth through age 22. She specializes in the treatment of children with questions of developmental disorders, medical and neurological disorders, spina bifida, multiple kinds of genetic conditions, stress-related disorders (e.g., headache, chronic pain, IBS, insomnia, hypertension), depression and anxiety disorders. She also treats those with concerns related to education, learning, and development, as well as those looking to make health-behavior/lifestyle changes.
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. She utilizes a variety of modalities including stress-management/relaxation techniques, mindfulness-based interventions and Motivational Interviewing (MI) depending on clients’ needs and ability to tolerate a given approach. CBT counseling is available when or if Dr. Warner feels it would be the most effective modality.
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 their primary caregiver simultaneously. In addition, Dr. Warner feels more than comfortable working with people of all ages whose lives have been touched by mass disaster.
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. 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.
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.
Dr. Warner is board-certified at the Diplomate level in Pediatric Neuropsychology but does not provide Evaluation Services within our practice. Her Neuropsychology background informs her therapy interventions. She obtained Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology in 2005.