We must focus on changing our internal world before we can expect change in our external world. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
~Melissa Cramer, LCSW, MCAP
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Online appointments available in FL and NC
103 West Weaver St. Carrboro, NC 27510
300 West Earp St. Holly Springs, NC 27540
Melissa understands that each individual is unique and caters her sessions to each client. She utilizes interventions from cognitive- behavioral therapy, mindfulness based-therapies and psychodynamic therapy.
Welcome. I am glad you are exploring this investment in yourself. I find myself most effective with reflective, committed individuals who are struggling with self-imposed pressure, prioritizing, and wavering confidence. Symptoms may include anxiety, depressed mood, feelings of overwhelm, burnout and the physical manifestation of stress, including chronic pain and digestive issues. I also assist individuals who are anticipating, or already in the midst of, a life transition such as pregnancy/postpartum, career change, lifestyle change, retirement or assisted living.
I am here to listen to you. ...to help you sort through your ideas, emotions and desires ...to encourage you to exchange old unproductive patterns of behavior and thought for mindful action and new perspective ...to explore the impact of your past on your present so you can begin to free yourself from it ...to discover and cultivate self-love ...to grow, heal and experience more love.
What Clients Have to Say...
"Reflecting on the time I spent with Melissa at Grow Heal Love I realize just how much I've grown this past year. I came to her feeling lost, depressed, anxious, and disconnected. I left feeling loved, supported, intuitive, and resilient. I let go of many perceptions that were holding me back and gained peace of mind and self-acceptance - this process was truly priceless to me. I now feel like I have the tools to continue my inward journey with outward success. I highly recommend her services to all as I already have to my close friends!"
"Melissa was the first therapist I had ever been to, and I loved working with her. I was struggling with feelings of burnout and compassion fatigue in a demanding job working with low-income communities, and Melissa worked with me to manage those issues. Melissa was always objective, kind, focused, and provided compassionate advice and tools for me to incorporate into my day to day life. Even after moving out of the state, I still rely on many of the cognitive behavioral therapy techniques I learned from Melissa. I would say they are foundational to the way I approach feelings of anxiety, self-doubt and criticism, stress, and fear."
“I first began my therapy with Melissa after the birth of my second child. I was feeling lost and confused about my troubles with various relationships in my life. Also, I was at a point in my life where I was frustrated while being a stay at home mom and no longer having a career focus. Through therapy with Melissa, I was able to express my thoughts and feelings without judgment by her. Her approach helped me feel like I was being heard. She always showed empathy which made me feel comfortable. After almost 2 years of therapy with Melissa, I felt like I had evolved spiritually and emotionally. I must admit the only reason why I stopped therapy was because I moved to another state. Otherwise, I’d probably still be going to therapy with Melissa! I highly recommend her services to anyone who feels lost/ confused or who feels they need someone to talk to.”
"Melissa is attentive, a good listener, and shows genuine concern. She provides thoughtful, practical, and useful feedback. Allows for flexible scheduling, ways to pay, and type of visit (in-person or on phone)."
"I started seeing Melissa in one of those low moments of life. I was fired from an important job and my low self esteem and social anxiety weren't helping either. I was petrified of making small talk during events with big groups of people. It was my first time going to therapy, so I really didn't know what to expect. Thankfully we clicked right from the get go. Melissa is the most focused, attentive, amazing listener and I always felt like I was talking to a friend. Her feedback was given in such a way that it would make me think outside the box and through mindfulness I was able to feel more present and not so much inside my head. I enjoyed every session and I would definitely recommend her to anyone that is struggling. Just the feeling of being listened to and cared for, was the biggest reward of all. "
“I had the pleasure of working with Melissa through some difficult times, her calm and engaging manner enabled me to express my true feelings and helped me on the road to recovery. To this day I still use some of the techniques and advice she gave me. A true professional.”
"I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder in my twenties and BP II in my thirties. The social anxiety was treatable with medication (Clonazepam). My bipolar II diagnosis came after a long bout with depression where I found that most medication had either zero effect or an adverse effect on me, this is when I first tried psychotherapy. Following my fathers death I went through an extended hypomanic episode which led to a debilitating crash. I sought help and found Melissa Cramer / Grow Heal Love. Not every therapist will be the right one for you, I was very lucky to find Melissa Cramer. Our weekly sessions usually began with mindfulness training, a guided meditation that allowed me to be more present for talk therapy. I have had therapists turn me down as a client because “I may be disruptive” being bipolar and a sundry list of other absurdities. My BP disorder was a non-issue with Melissa. Yes, some days I may be racing a bit and talking a mile a minute or be a bit down but I always felt calm and centered after each session. Ms Cramer’s demeanor is the same when seeing me manic or depressed which I came to really appreciate, it’s a mood disorder not a death sentence. I feel a debt of gratitude to Melissa Cramer as through our sessions I am teaching again, making art and embarking on a new business endeavor."
"Amazing professional. Compassionate, helpful, supportive and knowledgeable."
"As a client of Melissa's for the past 2 years, I couldn't have asked for a more focused, engaged and professional therapist. I sought a therapist that might assist me in navigating my bouts of depression, and suicidal ideation. What I found in Melissa, is a warm, gentle, empathic and compassionate soul who listens intently, and truly cares for my well being."
"Melissa is an insightful caring person who is very dedicated to her work. I would recommend her."