WHY seek help with psychotherapy?


Usually, most of us can work out life's problems with a spouse, a partner, a family member, even a work associate. But sometimes, in our fast-paced, stress-filled lives, we need a little help with the larger ones. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with one of the following mental or emotional issues, consider contacting Melissa Thornton for therapeutic help:

  • Stress Management  
  • Life Transition Issues
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Child/Adolescent Issues
  • Parenting
  • Communications
  • Financial Problems
  • Coping with the Elderly
  • Pre-Marital Planning
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Relationships
  • Marital Concerns
  • Sexual Problems
  • Anger Management
  • Infidelity
  • Divorce

Of all of the ways you can get help, why choose Melissa Thornton, a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)? Because Melissa is specifically trained to help you develop the skills you need to start improving your relationships and your life today.

Starting to work toward a stronger, better life is one of the smartest things you can do. More and more people from all walks of life are turning to marriage and family therapy because of its results-based philosophy.


People who have worked with MFTs report improvement in their emotional and overall health, their family and partner relationships, their relationships with co-workers, their productivity at work, even their social life and community involvement. Parents of children who have worked with MFTs report that their children's behavior improved, they get along better with other children, and they do better academically.


This is a unique approach to enhancing your relationships. For starters, MFTs don't just work with married couples or families. They're trained to focus on the individual within a "system" - a couple, family or group. Their specialized training allows them to view each problem through a wide-angle lens and to consider all of the possible ways of achieving your goals. Some even specialize in helping companies build more effective work teams.
All of their efforts are focused with the "end in mind." They start by listening to your unique situation.

Then they'll help you toward a goal that's both attainable and understandable. Melissa will start coaching you, and others if appropriate, to begin to make the changes you need for a better life.

Melissa has completed the rigorous training that is required to meet national and state standards, as established by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and state legislation. She is licensed by the State of Connecticut and by the State of Maine. She is an Approved AAMFT Supervisor, as well as a Clinical Member of AAMFT. Melissa also served as President and WebMaster for her professional association, CAMFT, the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


You are unique. So is your family. So it stands to reason that the solutions to your challenges will be unique, too. That's why marriage and family therapists don't have standard rules about how long therapy will last. You may be surprised to learn how quickly therapy can create real, positive change.

Although past generations influence our lives today, MFTs don't spend all their time sifting through the past. Much of the focus is on right now. And the goal is the near future. MFTs do what's necessary to help you set specific, realistic goals that can help you improve your relationships and life experience. Then they'll help you achieve those goals. There's no magic about it. But the results are magical!!!

It's real help that really works. And the first step is as simple as contacting Melissa Thornton, a qualified MFT. Include Melissa  in your lifetime healthcare team - both for prevention and for treatment.

To learn more about how marriage and family therapy can work for you, send Melissa a request with your name, address and phone number indicating what you would like more information about:

  • The specific problems MFTs treat.
  • Insurance coverage and the cost of being helped by an MFT.
  • Qualifications of MFTs.
  • Studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of MFT.
  • How MFT can improve your work relationships.  

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Melissa L. Thornton, MBA, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapist
Personal and Professional Coach 


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