Five star ratings read...
"Amazing professional. Compassionate, helpful, supportive and knowledgeable."
"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 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."
"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.
What Mindful Movement participants have to say...
"This simple practice opened my mind and spirit to self-healing. I also gain insight on various ways to cope with the stress of everyday life. "
"First I must admit that I’m not one whom enjoys being still with my emotions and feelings. Being alone with my thoughts and feelings was something that I’ve always been afraid of. Through mindful movement I’ve developed strategies and techniques that slow down all of the brain chatter and habitual reactions. I now incorporate mindfulness meditation in my daily activities"
"I wrote this paragraph down after the group last night because I realized that being mindful, or at least trying to practice being mindful (good or bad) has become a part of my life and is helping me to grow day by day. I hope you can help others do the same. 'Being mindful is simply realizing what we are, what we are made of, and what is around us. We can live in the world around us instead of being stuck inside the snow globe inside of our heads. It is so important to try to let go of the painful parts of our lives that cripple us and concentrate on the simple nature of just being alive and how amazing it is.'"
What therapist have to say....
"I am so glad that I sought out clinical supervision with Melissa when I wasn’t able to receive it at my place of employment. I am happy not only because supervision allowed me to receive my license, but also it gave me much needed clinical and professional support. Supervision was a place where I could process complicated cases, explore my feelings about clients and my work environment, and have much needed discussions about difficult ethical decisions. Melissa helped me build my confidence as a clinical social worker and provided me with insight into the job market as an LCSW. Melissa was supportive but also direct when necessary, which I appreciate. I left supervision with more knowledge, confidence, and pride in being a social worker.
I also benefited greatly from group supervision. I was able to get a multitude of perspectives by sharing supervision with other social workers who worked with various populations and in diverse settings. I learned from what they brought to supervision and from their thoughts about what I brought to supervision. "
"Supervision with Melissa Cramer was a very enhancing and fulfilling experience. Her clinical knowledge, experience across the field and support for each interns goals was very rewarding. I would recommend any MSW to participate in supervision with Melissa Cramer." ~John Betancourt
"Ms. Cramer is an exceptional supervisor, mentor and colleague. She is a highly skilled and knowledgeable eclectic psychotherapist with much valuable insight and guidance to offer her students as well as her clients." ~Jodie Gonzalez
"Melissa has allowed for me to grow in my practice. She asked me questions that I wouldn't have thought of about my feelings, thoughts and behaviors that could influence my practice. She has guided me into thinking critically and linking what is being said by a client and what is really going on." ~Melissa Taylor
"Melissa ensured all of my needs were met and addressed as a good mentor should. My confidence has grown as well as my comfort level and clinical competence. I have come to value patience in the face of threatening circumstances." ~Amary Alcide
"Melissa Cramer is a passionate, innovative, and knowledgeable supervisor. Her supervision helped me to grow on a theoretical and clinical level. I learned different techniques from her wide knowledge of modalities of therapy. She is creative and innovative while practical at the same time. Melissa helped me think outside the box to develop unique strategies for group and individual counseling." ~Bronwyn Heiss
"Working with Melissa has impacted my counseling practice in a positive way. It has enhanced my clinical skills. Melissa provided all necessary information including helping me build my self-confidence in being a clinician."
FACILITATING CHANGE; ATTITUDES, BEHAVIORS, EDUCATION & COMMUNITY
In 1997, Melissa received the Prudential Spirit of Community Achievement Award for three years of community service at an elderly home and a homeless shelter in Connecticut. During this experience she quickly became aware that the only constant in life is change. From 1999 through 2002, Melissa worked encouraging youth to use this constant to their advantage. She worked in Western Massachusetts at a residential facility for adolescents learning to change how they express anger and as the live-in manager/mentor at a transitional living program for young adults "aging out" of the foster care system.
Melissa has extensive experience providing support and assistance to individuals diagnosed with Schizophrenia and co-occurring disorders at different stages of recovery including crisis stabilization/hospital, jail/forensic settings, residential and outpatient treatment and independent living. She has provided training to staff to assist them in working with individuals diagnosed with co-occurring disorders and prevent relapse.
Melissa also has extensive experience with both adolescents and adults who suffer from substance dependency, behavioral and emotional difficulties. In Miami she has worked with children and families in the home/school setting as well as at the Crisis Unit of Juvenile Detention Center and Village South (Substance Dependency Rehabilitation).
In 2008, Melissa realized that the movements and principles of the Pilates Method could help the individuals she counseled and she began training to become a Pilates teacher with Pilates Education Group. She observed and student taught under Kevin Bowen for two years and Anna Alvarez for an additional year prior to completing the 450 hour comprehensive training program in January 2011.
In 2009, Melissa branched out into private practice where she continues to provide counseling and coaching to individuals interested in personal growth and self improvement. Reasons individuals seek her help include sad mood, anxiety, stress, relapse prevention, indecision, self-exploration, life transitions and/or a desire to make changes within or outside of self.
Melissa reaches out to other wellness practitioners for consultation and collaboration in providing services in her private practice and to the community. She served as Chair for WHOLE, Web of Wholistic Educators, an organization which sought to connect wellness professionals across wellness disciplines and to provide education to the community regarding holistic and healthy living. She also belongs to The South Florida Health Coaches with whom she most recently co-hosted a transformational wellness retreat and presented on the topic creating and maintaining change.
CHANGE IN SELF
"It all seems natural to me because of my upbringing. Some of my earliest memories are of listening to child meditation tapes. As I grew into an adult, I instinctively used mindfulness to ground myself. I remember soothing myself by looking at the mountains and trees, remembering just how small I am in the big picture and appreciating the beauty before me. Bits and pieces such as this stayed with me during my personal struggles. My struggles have not been insignificant, although I recognize that many others’ struggles have been and remain more challenging than my own.
About 8 years ago, principles of mindfulness kept reappearing in my life in the form of books, people and surroundings. Around the same time other key components of whole body health (Pilates and balanced nutrition) kept reappearing in my life as well. Becoming reacquainted, and more intimately involved, with these ideas and behaviors of holistic health, they became a priority in my life. I rediscovered and expanded the ideals instilled in me as a child and began to share them with all who would listen. Right now I feel as balanced, happy and healthy as one could hope. And it seems so natural to pass it on… "
Melissa Cramer, LCSW, MCAP
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
C010796 (NC) SW 9441 (FL)
Master's Level Addictions Professional
Master of Social Work
Bachelor of Science
Umass, Amherst 2001 Psychology & Sociology
Melissa understands the need for balance in healing and the unique nature of every individual’s journey. She utilizes interventions from cognitive and mindfulness-based therapies, psychodynamic psychotherapy and coaching. In addition to her education and experience in psychotherapy, Melissa has studied the Pilates Method, a mind body practice which she has integrated into her practice. She maintains close working relationships with practitioners in related wellness professions, such as the South Florida Health Coaches. The result is a holistic & individualistic approach to personal growth and healing.