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Melissa Callahan

Melissa Callahan LMFT-R The Center for Connection Healing and Change


Melissa Callahan, LMFT

Clients I work with: Adult individuals, couples, adolescent families, adoptive families, and separated, divorced or blended families.

Issues I work with: Communication, trust, trauma,  connection and relational strengthening, anxiety, depression, co-parenting and blended family challenges, recurring disagreements, emotional closeness and security, and attachment difficulties. 

I support individuals, couples, and families by focusing on the creating sustainable changes that result in satisfying relationships.  I work with couples on emotional closeness, communication, recurring disagreements, rebuilding trust, and improving relationship safety and security. I am experienced in strengthening relationships that are affected by difficulties with emotional intimacy, conflict resolution, trust, communication and emotional regulation. I also work with trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, substance use, or attachment issues.

In family sessions, I strive to create a comfortable environment for all family members, encouraging open communication in hopes of improving relationship dynamics. Furthermore, I utilize personal experience and professional expertise to support families working through the unique challenges separation, divorce, co-parenting and blended families are facing.  I also enjoy working with military couples and families.

I invest in creating lasting emotional, mental, relational and behavioral change. I focus on your understanding of each other, what each of you need, and how to deepen connections in the relationship.  I take a practical approach, building skills that promote open communication, emotional intimacy, and security. My work is underpinned by Emotionally Focused Couple and Family Therapy and Experiential Family Therapy models.

To make the most of our time together I capitalize on existing strengths, both within family members and between them. My aim is to bring some calm and relief to clients so that they can experience themselves and each other differently. I offer day and evening sessions.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from the COAMFTE accredited program at University of Massachusetts – Boston.  My clinical experience has been serving individuals, families and couples with emotional, mental and behavioral needs in at-risk communities.