In life, as in my developing therapy practice; self discovery plays a central role. It is my delight to support and nourish the pursuit of self, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. I look forward to meeting each client at any phase of their unique journey through life, whatever their ethnicity, sexuality or age. I focus on the relationship between therapist and client, endeavoring to provide a safe and welcoming space within which to explore the issues facing each person.
I bring a particular maturity to the therapy room provided by a wealth of life experience. I am particularly good at supporting the “supporters” among us, those who find themselves in service to the well being of others.
I believe everyone needs a therapist. In other words; I believe that each of us carries burdens for which we need just a little extra support. We need an opportunity to step away from our daily round and come into the presence of a neutral and nonjudging party on a regular basis. I’d like to be that presence for you.
Whatever you might be struggling with; grief, addiction, sexual issues, transition of any kind, high stress, relational issues, the existential questions of life, etc.; I offer a free phone consultation initially. You can email me through this web site to set that up or to make an appointment for a therapy session. You can also find me on Psychology Today, Yelp and Google Business.

Education

Masters of Counseling Program, Southwestern College - Santa Fe, NM
Graduation - November 2, 2018
Internship - Presbyterian Medical Services, Santa Fe Community Guidance Center
Therapist with Mobile Crisis Response Team
Completion Date - September 30, 2018
Applied Interpersonal NeuroBiology Specialty Certification - Five of Six Courses Completed
Certification in Progress
Addictions, Abuse & Recovery Specialty Certification - Three of Six Courses Completed
Certification in Progress
Credentials of Ministry - Universal Life Church Ministries
Completed 2017
Mandala Therapy Certificate, Atlanta GA
Completed 2016
ENMU - BA University Studies/ Emphasis in SPANISH and PSYCHOLOGY
Graduated 2013
Southwestern College Transformation and Healing Conference
2013, 2015
Fred Pryor Payroll Law Workshop, Santa Fe, NM
2013
Leadership New Mexico Local Government Program
2012
New Mexico EDGE -12 Units Continuing Ed
2011-2012
Life Coaching Certification through PCCCA
2008

Experience

MelindaJoy Pattison MA LMHC - Private Psychotherapy Practice - Santa Fe, NM
Currently
Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico - Executive Director - Clovis, NM
Aug 2012 - June 2014
De Baca County Administrator - Fort Sumner, NM
April 2011 - Aug 2012
New Mexico State Legislature - Santa Fe, NM
2005-2010
Administrative Assistant - Senate
Raising three boys as full time Mom
1983 - 2005
Various Administrative and Sales Positions
1976 - 1982

Service

New Mexico Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Disease Disablement
Oct 2011 - April 2015
NM Association of Food Banks Board of Directors
Aug 2012 - June 2014
Food Bank of Eastern NM Board of Directors
Feb 2012 - Aug 2012
PCA Mission to the World Volunteer - Summer Projects
1999-2004
Member PEO International
1988 - Present
Member New Mexico State Chapter Executive Board
Appointed Secretary October 2019