Melanie Joaquin, Advanced Clinical Intern

Life doesn’t always make sense. We rely on family, friends, and that little voice in our head to talk through our problems but eventually, you and that little voice wind up at a dead-end. You tried your best to make sense of it all but you just keep on coming up short. Well, what if you didn’t have to rely on that little voice and instead had a counselor who is dedicated to helping you navigate your world?

Hi, I’m Melanie and I want to help you hash out whatever is bothering you.

I’m not going to tell you how to fix all of your problems overnight. Instead I’m going to listen to you so that we can make sense of everything that is going on and find a solution together.

Being raised by two immigrant parents, I was encouraged to be tough. There’s no time to panic or cry when things need to get done.

Unfortunately, that isn’t how life works. Yes, you can push through and ignore your feelings. However, you eventually get to the point where pushing through is no longer an option and you need somebody to talk to. Using my person-centered approach, I will help you address the big issues that have been bothering you and work toward managing your emotions (and life) in a mindful and productive manner.

As a counselor, I take a collaborative approach to therapy. We will work out your problems together, making sure we keep your goals in mind. Don’t have a goal for therapy? That’s okay. Together, we can figure that out too. Whether you have depression, anxiety, or trauma, I trust that we can work together to make the day-to-day a whole lot better.

I grew up in Woodside, Queens, and spent my summers with my relatives in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Growing up in Queens, I was surrounded by various cultures which helped me develop my multicultural approach where I look at every aspect that makes you unique. Thus I enjoy working with BIPOC individuals. In addition, I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community and have experience working through queer issues.

I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College and am currently working toward a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University. In my free time I enjoy playing rugby and dancing.