Dr. Melissa Hunter, Ph.D., LMFT
I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
— Maya Angelo
Sometimes we can get thrown into changes we weren’t ready for: a personal or family member with a medical diagnosis, an unexpected death of a loved one, struggles with infertility, or relationship challenges. Maybe the change is welcomed: a recent engagement or marriage, the birth of a child, graduation, or a child moving on to college. Regardless of whether these changes are expected or unexpected, wanted or unwanted, I am confident that together, we can embrace these changes in the midst of our joy or grief and become our own resources when we learn new ways to approach the issue or the situation. This is the heart of my therapeutic approach. I believe individuals, couples, and families have the ability to change—sometimes they just need some assistance to do so. With almost 20 years of experience working with couples, individuals, and families, I have helped many clients obtain the tools necessary to improve their lives. I am ready to walk with you on your journey and look forward to discovering ways which strengthen your approach to life’s changes. I’m experienced in working with: grief/loss, spirituality, premarital/marital, parenting, discernment counseling, children/adolescence, coping skills, infertility issues, depression, and stress/anxiety.
Dr. Hunter is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#203169) in Texas. She graduated from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion, received a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Truett Seminary at Baylor University, and has a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She brings a history of experience working in the church where she did pastoral counseling, premarital counseling, and led parenting and couple’s classes. If applicable, she utilizes her clients’ faith and spirituality, whatever they may be, as useful tools to aid in the change process. She has worked with all ages ranging from preschool to senior adults. She also specializes in discernment counseling, a process for helping couples make a more informed decision about whether they want to work on the relationship or end the relationship. In addition, her background as a hospice chaplain has familiarized her with the challenges that come with bereavement, grief, and loss in a variety of different family situations. She is also a certified facilitator of Prepare/Enrich, the most widely used and validated premarital assessment and training program.