About Our Staff

Claudia Brown - Mental Health Practice

Melissa Clas, LPC

Melissa is a Licensed Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with over seven years of experience in the counseling field. She began her training at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center where she worked for several years with a variety of mental health and substance abuse populations. During this time she also worked for both the City of Norfolk and the City of Virginia Beach in their in-patient and out-patient mental health/substance abuse facilities. Melissa obtained all of this diverse counseling work experience while obtaining her Bachelors at Old Dominion University and Masters degree in Counseling from Regent University. Melissa has spent the last 3 years of her career working in private practice.
Her experience primarily includes working with adolescence and adults, in not only developing coping skills and strategies in managing depression, anxiety, and anger, but additionally in discovering the root of one's traumas to help heal them once and for all. Therefore, her primary treatment approach includes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which has been shown to be an effective method of managing and reversing the effects of trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger, and emotional pain.