Welcome. I am here to listen to you. …to help you sort through your ideas, emotions and desires …to encourage you to exchange old unproductive patterns of behavior and thought for mindful action and new perspective …to explore the impact of your past on your present so you can begin to free yourself from it …to discover and cultivate self-love …to grow, heal and experience more love.
Are you capable when attending to the needs of others, but neglectful of your own? Do you believe you’re holding yourself back? Wondered why, given your knowledge and resourcefulness, you can’t figure it out? Convinced that if you identify the right method or technique to manage a little more efficiently, you’ll be well? Think one more task on the ‘to do’ list will fix it, but find yourself overwhelmed? ITS TOO MUCH!
What if I told you?
Doing more is NOT the solution. You are not lazy or doing “it” wrong.
You deserve support. We are not meant to do it all ourselves.
It is imperative that you attend to, and care for, yourself.
Are you willing to start with an hour of self-care a week? A good therapeutic relationship can facilitate self-awareness, mindfulness and self-compassion. Verbalizing your thoughts and emotions allows you to organize them and to clarify your needs, desires, and solutions which are only accessible to you. Lack of acceptance, “shoulding,” avoiding, pushing and motivating with self-criticism have been proven counterproductive. Even if these methods have had success in the past, they are no longer working. A new way is possible, in fact necessary, in which you are kind and nurturing to yourself. Imagine the time freed up when you are no longer consumed with the idea you aren’t doing enough!
The greatest healing moments in my life occurred when I felt confident and open enough to use learned tools in an intuitive way. Part of my job is to introduce you to tools that may help, but anyone can do that. The more important aspect of my role is to support you, reflect with you and help you find the confidence and self-compassion to accept your own innate healing wisdom. This will look completely different for each individual. I have no 5 step process or secret. You have all of the information, your story, your body, your needs and your version of a meaningful life.
Teletherapy available throughout North Carolina, Florida and New York.
Office in Carrboro serving Chapel Hill, Durham and Pittsboro.
When first reaching out, clients often report feeling lost, confused, disconnected, self-critical, anxious, depressed or full of self-doubt. Clients describe the feedback they receive during treatment to be thoughtful and the techniques they learned to be practical. They describe me as empathetic, compassionate, focused, attentive, engaging, insightful and calm when reflecting on their experience. I have no doubt that the latter description is the catalyst for change. An experience in which you feel heard and genuinely cared for, allows for emotional expression and understanding of one’s past, present and desired experiences. Upon conclusion of treatment, some clients report feeling heard, listened too, resilient, intuitive, supported, self-acceptance and self-compassion.
“I’m passionate about helping those who nurture others, professionally or personally. Fellow helpers often neglect caring for the most valuable asset of those they serve, themselves.
My clinical practice has been influenced by research in the areas of mindfulness, the use of movement practices to promote mental health and the bidirectional influence of our brain, body, environment and interpersonal relationships.
I am empathetic but able to sit in discomfort, both yours and mine.
I enjoy accompanying individuals of diverse cultures, faiths, genders, sexual orientations and occupational/educational backgrounds on their path of personal growth, healing and expansion.”
Melissa Cramer, LCSW, LCAS, PMH-C Credentials
Melissa Cramer, LCSW, LCAS, PMH-C
605 West Main St. Ste 203
Carrboro, NC 27510
300 West Earp St.
Holly Springs, NC 27540