Melissa Johnston-Burnham is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience providing individual, group and family therapy to children and adolescents in the Denver metro area. She received her BA in Spanish from the University of Michigan in 1995, followed by her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1997. Melissa began her professional experience as a school social worker in Jefferson County, serving as a member of an elementary school’s special education team. She then took her knowledge of developmental disabilities and mental health needs to the community mental health arena, acquiring a therapist position in a day treatment center for dually diagnosed children. Melissa remained in this role for over eight years, practicing animal-assisted therapy with her full-time, certified therapy dog. She gave presentations of her work in various cities throughout the country, and was awarded her employer’s Clinician of the Year in 2003. In 2007, Melissa became employed as a behavioral health provider in a large pediatrics practice serving the Aurora, Centennial and Parker area. This integrated services position allowed Melissa to provide mental health services to children and their families within the familiarity of their primary care physician’s office.

Melissa specializes in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD and trauma in children and adolescents, including individuals with developmental disabilities and sensory needs.

Her treatment orientation combines cognitive-behavioral and family systems with elements of play therapy. She believes in helping children and adolescents find their voices and lost self-esteem, and stands supportively beside them during this process.

Melissa lives in Parker with her husband and three children and a house full of pets.