Connection First Counseling, founded by Melissa Burton, was created to offer a place of healing for adults of all ages. Our philosophy is that we start with connection first. We seek to see you, hear you, and accept you for who you are as you are first. You are not a problem to be fixed and your journey to healing can only come when you feel accepted and loved. Understanding leads to compassion and we believe you are more than the mistakes you have made or the struggles you are facing. We are committed to walking with you on your journey to healing through connection first.
Melissa Burton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 9 years of experience in both the clinical and facility setting. With her expertise in gerontology she has worked with hundreds of families as they navigate the complications of aging, life transitions and loss. Her unique expertise helping clients adjust to change has given her an understanding and compassion for clients struggling with life’s setbacks and disappointments. Her guidance has helped individuals and families heal broken relationships, reconnect with their purpose, cope with the guilt and stress of caregiving and find peace in an ever-changing world. Melissa’s areas of clinical focus are anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions and challenges associated with aging.
Melissa is an avid reader and loves spending time with her husband and her dog, Pepper. She is experimenting with a backyard garden and loves to spend time outside during the hot Tennessee summers. During the cold months she is hibernating with a good book.
“We are beautiful, complicated, messy beings, and we have such an incredible capacity to love and live life, but sometimes life gets off track for us. Our dreams evolve and sometimes dissolve into reality and we find ourselves disconnected from who we are, where we are and what we want to become. I love helping my clients find their way back to their inner dreamer. Healing is possible, and I want to help you to reconnect to your heart and soul all over again.”
Education and Credits
- Masters of Science in Social Work from University of Tennessee in Nashville
- Certificate of Gerontology from University of Tennessee of Nashville
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee
- Certified Care Manager
- EMDR trained