- Children & Adolescents
Poonam Melwani, LMSW, earned her master’s in social work degree at Silberman School for Social Work at Hunter College in New York and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Michigan. She has been providing counseling to adults and adolescents struggling with various mental health-related symptoms for the past four years. Poonam has worked as a therapist at The Guidance Center helping adults manage their depression and anxiety-related symptoms.
Poonam also has a passion for working with both men and women survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. In the past, she has worked at Wayne County SAFE as a sexual assault advocate/counselor where she helped both adolescent and adults overcome their sexual assault by learning tools to manage their anxiety and fears surrounding their trauma. Poonam has also worked with adolescents struggling with academic and peer-related concerns in school settings and has a passion with helping young adults between 18-25 adjust to college life, explore career paths, and manage social and interpersonal relationships.
Poonam has extensive experience in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma in both adults and adolescents. Poonam is certified as a trauma specialist and practices Trauma-Focused CBT. In TF-CBT, the parent plays a pivotal role in the treatment and the child learns techniques to empower themselves and process their experiences. Poonam is also trained in CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. Poonam likes to provide insight into how the mind and body connection impacts our way of processing and communicating our emotions and thoughts. She likes to help clients accept and not fear their emotions.
Poonam uses a person-centered, eclectic and cross-cultural perspective when working with her clients as she understands each individual and each experience is unique. Poonam provides a warm, non-judgmental, and safe space for clients to share their most innermost struggles. Poonam empowers clients by helping them process their emotions, identify their strengths, and learn new healthy coping techniques to help them overcome their stressors. To become our better selves, we have to accept that life is a process of healing and growth.
Poonam provides counseling to adults 18+ struggling with the following:
• Sexual Assault
• Social Anxiety
• Panic Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder
• Anger Management
• Stress Management
• Intimacy/Relationship Issues
• Interpersonal and Family Conflict
• Communication Skills
• Career Related Concerns
• College Academic Stress
Poonam has provided counseling to adolescents struggling with the following:
• Peer-related issues
• Social anxiety
• Sexual Assault