Dr. Melinda R. Paige – Ph.D, LPC, CPCS, NCC

Dr. Paige’s client-centered approach to trauma recovery honors the strength and resilience of survivors. She views her clients as experts of their unique experiences and has confidence in their ability to recover from trauma & stress-related conditions. She uses evidence-based approaches such as EMDR and clinical hypnosis to ensure that clients remain emotionally safe and grounded throughout the therapeutic session. Traumatic memory is reprocessed and stored in the “done file.” Negative thoughts, behaviors, and/or emotions are eliminated since they are no longer needed for survival. What remains is an increased capacity for presence and post-traumatic growth. Dr. Paige has 25 years of trauma mental health counseling experience. She is the Founder of the Institute for Trauma Competency as well as an Associate Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University. Dr. Paige is also the Founding Secretary for the International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling and has published and presented nationally on resilience and trauma competency.


  • Ph.D., Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Nationally Certified Counselor
  • Founding Secretary
  • International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling
  • Faculty Member at Capella University

Therapy Specialities

Betrayal Trauma

Partners experiencing betrayal trauma experience symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress such as flashbacks of the experience when you first learned of your partner’s betrayal and fear or anxiety that it’s happening again.

Depression Therapy

Although anxiety and depression are two distinct mental health conditions, they often coexist and share some common features. These symptoms can overlap, and individuals may experience both anxiety and depression simultaneously.

Grief & Loss

Teens who may be experiencing maladaptive, unsafe and unhealthy coping, patterns of unstable relationships, impulsive and possibly risky behaviors, and emotional upheaval will benefit from this group by developing mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. 

What do all those initials mean?
  • ACS – Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • CAP – Certified Addictions Professional
  • CRC – Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Ed.D. – Doctor of Education
  • Ed.S. – Education Specialist
  • LAPC – Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
  • LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor
  • M.Ed. – Master of Education
  • MS – Master of Science
  • MSW – Master of Social Work
  • NCC – National Certified Counselor