Melissa Grimes

Lead Mental Health Therapist
Brief info

Melissa’s specializes in working with children, teenagers, young adults and parents. In addition, being a mother herself, she enjoys working with women as they are navigating the challenges of motherhood and self-identity. Melissa also has a passion in helping teenagers and young adults navigate life transitions as she believes that these provide powerful opportunities for self-growth.

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Indiana bringing twenty-plus years experience working with children, teens and families to Mini Minds. I completed my undergraduate work at Butler University in 1999 majoring in Psychology and Sociology and earned my Masters of Social Work at Indiana University, Indianapolis in 2001.. Following my graduate internship, I was offered a position as District Social Worker in Pike Township. From there I continued to work in mental health and education at Speedway Public Schools, Clay Middle School in Carmel and for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis serving families in parochial schools.

Along the way, I also facilitated parenting classes through the Hamilton County Parenting Coalition. Most recently, I have been the supervisor of Catholic Charities school social work program. In this position, I have been part of the supervision team for twenty-five school social workers and counselors that service twenty-nine parochial schools in the Indianapolis Archdiocese and surrounding area. Through this role, I have had the privilege of training new counselors on best practices, program processes and clinical documentation and have provided direct clinical supervision to clinicians supporting them both personally and professionally and by giving guidance and direction on their individual caseloads.

My counseling style is conversational, empathetic, supportive and compassionate. In practice, I utilize a collaborative, strengths-based approach to provide a safe space for clients while incorporateing various therapeutic approaches including mindfulness training, psychoeducation pertaining to both mental and physical wellness, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) . I have had twenty-two years of experience working with children, adolescents and families navigating trauma, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide ideation, self-esteem and body image, grief and loss, emotional and learning disabilities, transitions and adjustments, relationship challenges and family communication.

I am a proud mom of three boys. When I am not working, you can usually find me at a game or a meet cheering on my sons, walking around our neighborhood with my husband and our quirky mutt that we rescued or taking a barre or yoga class with a friend. I love a good book, a hot cup of coffee and sunny days. My family’s happy place is on the water – waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding and tubing.