Melissa Davis Findlay
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Ms. Findlay has practiced in the Richmond area since 1994, and has been in private practice for the last 14 years. She received dual degrees, a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology from the University of Mary Washington in 1992, and her Master's in Clinical Social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994. She was granted a $5,000 scholarship to study clinical matters relating to children and adolescents, which continue to be a strong area of her practice.
Ms. Findlay has a multifaceted practice, but children and adolescents, divorce related issues, and trauma are often a large part of her cases. She is currently used by many of the Child Protective Service units to assess and counsel children and teens that are neglected and abused, as well as in foster care. That often goes hand in hand with teens who are oppositional and defiant, have risky behaviors, or are simply underperforming. She conducts co-parenting counseling, both in a group setting as well as for parents who are involved in ongoing or high conflict custody and divorce situations. Ms. Findlay is also utilized by several Victim Witness coordinators to serve those who are, or have been, vicitimized, and are experiencing some degree of trauma. Ms. Findlay recently completed the process to become a Certified Trauma Professional and is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. The clients she works with also experience varying degrees of grief and loss, life stage transitions, and relationship issues.
Ms. Findlay welcomes clients of all faiths and orientations. Her philosophy of practice may be summed up in the words of Maya Angelou: "No one can know where they are going unless they know exactly where they have been and exactly how they have arrived at this present place."
- Children and adolescents
- Divorce-related issues
- Grief and loss
- Behavioral issues in children and adolescents