Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Registered Art Therapist (A.T.R.). She has over 25 years of experience in treating trauma and addictions. She has been the Executive Clinical Director at the Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma for 20 years. While in this position, Mrs. Caldwell Engle clinically managed three inpatient programs directed by Colin A. Ross M.D. where she was involved in the development, and implementation of the Trauma Model and its integration into the programs’ treatment milieu. She was actively involved in the development of the “Trauma Model Certification” process and co-presented with Dr. Ross. In addition to this administrative role, she also maintained her clinical skills by leading groups and providing individual therapy on the units.
Melissa is also a co-founder of the Trauma Recovery Associates (TRA 2002) which was originally created in response to the Catholic Church’s “sex abuse scandal” in 2002. TRA has since grown with its focus being to educate and foster the development of organizational leaders, human service providers, and trauma survivors themselves to respond more effectively to the impact of childhood trauma on individuals and society.
She also worked in private practice for 14 years. She has worked with all behavioral health diagnoses including Depression, Dual-Diagnoses, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Eating Disorders, OCD, Dissociative Disorders, and ALL addictive patterns and diagnoses both on the individual and group level.