“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments–tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.”
-Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist
Melody Cline, MA, ALMFT, CCTP
Growing up in a large grieving blended family and parenting my own gifted child with disabilities have uniquely equipped me in my work with the clients I serve. I understand how life can get messy and even feel hopeless when the problems get overwhelming. I count myself incredibly blessed to be working in a field that lets me spend my time helping families and children every day.
My clinical knowledge and my life experience give me a deeper understanding of what it is like to face problems and grow through them. It is a joy to support, challenge, and encourage my clients as they bravely battle their own challenges in relationships, at school, and in life.
Who I Serve
I often think of myself as a translator helping children and parents hear and understand each other as they find new ways to work together. Although I work with many types of problems, I most enjoy helping children under 10 and their families with grief, loss, trauma, conflict and behavioral problems. I count it an honor to earn the trust and faith of my clients every day.
Treatment Areas and Competencies
- Shyness and difficulty separating from parents
- Social skills, assertiveness, and healthy boundaries
- Behavioral problems and anger issues
- Grief and loss
- Anxiety and trauma
- School avoidance
- Gifted, Twice Exceptional, and those with learning disabilities
- Co-parenting and other parenting challenges
- High conflict families
- Pregnant or parenting teenagers and Multigenerational households
- Self-injury, suicidal behavior, and abusive relationships
- Bullying and Sibling aggression
- Body image and belonging
- Sexual integrity and sexual acting out
- Adopted, multiracial or multicultural children and families
- Spiritual struggles, as well as spiritual abuse
I am privileged to help parents and families work together with their children and teens to create and maintain the change they seek. Using strengths-based, narrative, and solution-focused approaches, many of my clients notice changes beginning in the first few sessions.
With over 150 hours of clinical training in Play Therapy and expressive therapies, I work effectively with children ages 0-9 in their first language of play. Through play, a child can work out the things they could never simply sit and talk through like an adult.
When appropriate, many of my adult, teen, and family clients also find Art and Sandtray work helpful. By using expressive therapy techniques such as play, Sandtray, art, music, and games, as well as addressing spiritual needs when desired, I engage more parts of the brain and more parts of the person for more effective results.
I have a long history of volunteer and paid experience in social service, non-profit, and religious organizations serving parents, children, and teens, including providing parenting training for pregnant teens and at-risk families, working with children and teens in foster care as well as adopted children, supporting new mothers who were transitioning to stay at home parents and later returning to the workforce, creating and leading youth leadership training and programming, and teaching classes for young children and teens. I was honored to be recognized as an expert in exemplary youth programming at the American Red Cross. Although I continue to enjoy speaking and teaching and often participate in leading workshops, speaking in the community, and volunteering to benefit children and families, I am most passionate about the amazing things that happen in the privacy of the therapy room and watching my courageous clients succeed in becoming who they were always intended to be.
Licenses and Certifications
- Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (ALMFT)
- Certificate in Family Mediation (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (International Association of Trauma Professionals)
- Theraplay Informed Practice
- Working Together: Effective Workplace Relations Facilitator (American Red Cross)
- Graduate of Freed-Hardeman University with degrees in Bible, Psychology, and World Cultures, B.A.
- Graduate of Wheaton College with M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with additional training in Play Therapy, Bereavement, and Sex and Sexuality.
- AAMFT: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- IAMFT: Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Currently serving on the Board of Directors)
- APT: Association for Play Therapy
- ILAPT: Illinois Association for Play Therapy
- IATP: International Association for Trauma Professionals
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