Melanie Bettes Hite
Experienced. Empathetic. Supportive.
I've been a licensed counselor since 2016, having found my way to the field after having a career in a completely different one. I specialize in individual and couples therapy, as well as run a few groups. I maintain a private practice in the Kansas City metro area, with a physical location in Overland Park, as well as utilizing video sessions for those outside my immediate area.
I graduated from Ottawa University with a Master's in Professional Counseling (and an undergrad in Psychology), and worked for a time in group practice in Cheyenne, WY, before moving back home to KC. Prior to entering the counseling field, I spent 15 years working in a natural health setting, which gave me a unique perspective on the ways the body holds on to emotions. I love to find creative ways to work with clients that incorporates all of my life and career experience. It's not unusual for me to practice mindfulness or relaxation exercises during a session with a client, or to incorporate the things a client wishes to into a session.
Many people hesitate to reach out to a therapist because they're afraid of being judged. My job is not to judge, rather to sit with you, challenge you, and help clear the path to insight for you. It is always an individual's choice whether they act on the things worked on while in session.
Call me and let's see how we can work together!