print and news media on such topics as healthy relationships, the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children and trauma-informed care. In 2007, Kimberly began working for the Navy as a Clinical Counselor providing therapy to individuals, couples and families impacted by violence, the stress of military life and life challenges. She has continued her career working with the military and currently writes policy on sexual assault response. She specializes in working with individuals and couples impacted by interpersonal violence, anxiety, depression general life stressors and relationship challenges.
the DC Department of Behavioral Health. Melissa also served on the Administrative Team of a network of Chicago charter schools, developing and managing their social service programs, and she currently serves on the Social Emotional Advisory Board for DC Public Schools. Melissa also presents workshops on topics related to early sexual health education and consent.
Melissa takes an active role in therapy. She believes that incorporating qualities like humor and candidness, can be beneficial both in developing the therapeutic connection and reaching client goals. Her therapeutic approach is strengths-based and eclectic, as she incorporates a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral interventions, mindfulness, relational therapy, Gottman Method for couples, and modern psychodynamic approaches. Melissa believes the client has the strength and ability to change and grow through insightful self-discovery and by taking control of one’s life through conscious choice and action.
Melissa Kilbride completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Mental Health, from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at The University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to opening her private practice, Melissa provided clinical treatment and crisis intervention in a variety of settings including; hospital emergency rooms, inpatient and outpatient facilities, schools, social service agencies, &
Kimberly Lahm graduated from Syracuse University with a
Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and
currently holds a license to practice Marriage and Family
Therapy independently in the District of Columbia. She
received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication
from The Pennsylvania State University where she graduated
from the distinguished Schreyer Honors College.
In 2001, Kimberly began her post-graduate work as a Child and Family Therapist for Vera House Inc., a non-profit organization assisting victims of domestic violence. Kimberly
provided individual, couples and family therapy to families
impacted by interpersonal violence and was featured in local