Melissa Tilleman is an enthusiastic life-long learner with a passion for people's stories and bearing witness, guiding, and empowering the human spirit. She is able to build strong and sustainable relationships with others through her focus on compassionate connection, collaboration, authenticity, humor, and genuine care and respect of others. Melissa feels deeply honored that individuals, couples, and families invite her into their world and allow her to be a part of their journey. To facilitate healing and growth in counseling, Melissa assists her clients in improving their connection with themselves, others in their life, their community and environment, as well as their spiritual connections. For Melissa, counseling is not only about clients healing and learning a new set of skills, it is also about helping them experience a positive internal shift where their interaction with the world changes, and they begin speaking, acting, and living in accordance with their truth and purpose.
Melissa draws from over sixteen years of experience working with individuals, families, children, and adolescents in clinical, educational, international, and not-for-profit settings.
At Foundations Counseling, Melissa Tilleman works with a variety of clients who seek services including:
- Children and Teens — anger and defiance, anxiety, blended families, body image, creative therapies including art and play therapy, criminal behavior, depression, effects of divorce, life coaching and goal setting, loss of a parent or a loved one, school issues, self-esteem
- Relationships and Families — affair recovery, alternative relationships, codependency and/or addiction, couples communication, couples and marriage counseling, divorce recovery, families dealing with terminal illness, parental coaching, pre-engagement and pre-marital counseling, sexual issues, trauma recovery, unresolved conflict and conflict resolution
- Health and Wellness — addiction and recovery management, anxiety, body image issues, boundaries, depression, gender identity, holistic health, nature based therapies, obesity and weight loss, sexual identity, spirituality, stress
- Life Transitions — career counseling and transition, end-of-life and grief, life stages and cycles, natural and/or sudden death of a child, spouse, pet, or loved one, spiritual counseling, terminal illness
Melissa Tilleman is a National Certified Counselor. She earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from University of Wyoming. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Business Administration and French from University of Oregon.
Melissa utilizes an integrative, evidenced, and strengths based approach in her work with clients including: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy, Existentialism, and Family Systems Theory. Her previous experience includes providing offense-specific treatment to court referred clients as well as delivering mental health counseling services to adults ages 18-50. Melissa has also had the amazing opportunity to work at the Betty Ford Colorado Children's Program, supporting children and their families who have been impacted by the cycle of addiction. These experiences, in combination with other professional roles she has held, have contributed to Melissa's overall approach to her work with clients and also to how she walks the talk in her own life. Melissa is passionate about living life to the fullest, regularly going on adventures, and directing her time and energy towards the manifestation of her life purpose.