Melissa Byrd, LMHC

“As humans, we all experience the ups and downs of life. Sometimes these ups and downs can feel out of control and that we don’t have the right skills to manage it all.”

Clinical Director

Whether the struggles come from life changes, relationship struggles, substance use, or past experiences, I work collaboratively with my clients to develop practical ways to find relief and process the emotional pieces. We all sometimes struggle with making sense of the experiences and relationships we have in life; I hope to provide support to people in those moments.

Therapeutically, I work with clients from a humanistic, existential, narrative therapy framework. However, the most important piece to me is to collaborate with my client to find an approach that works for them to make counseling a successful experience. I have many tools and knowledge that can be helpful to a person, but exploring which tools and knowledge is most beneficial to an individual is part of the collaboration process.

I graduated from the Masters in Clinical Psychology program at Argosy University in 2010. Since graduating, I have worked primarily in private practice with various ages, sexual orientations, and genders. In addition to private practice, I have clinical experience in psychiatric hospitalization systems in Pierce County. I became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2012. In 2022, I began an APA-accredited doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University.

I provide administrative support to the main C-STARS office and our satellite programs in Juneau, AK, and Yakima, WA.

Outside of my work life, I spend a lot of time at the various dog parks in the city with my corgi and Boston terrier. I love working on various craft projects, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, gardening in the spring and summer, and finding tasty treats with my partner.