Dr. Melissa Lavin, is a clinical psychologist. She is trained as a general practitioner for children, adolescents, and adults, and graduated from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in 2012. She is a member of American Psychological Association and was awarded Top Mental Health Professional in New Haven, Connecticut, by the International Association of Health Care Professionals in 2014. Dr. Lavin joined Capitol Psychological Services in 2015. Prior to joining this CPS, she worked in a diverse range of mental health settings throughout her schooling and professional years. Dr. Lavin has worked with a variety of client populations and has an interest in working with adults, adolescents, and children experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, divorce, attachment issues, self- esteem, body image, identity issues, life transitions, and relationship problems. Dr. Lavin’s areas of specialization include trauma, after-effects of family dysfunction, and abuse.
In addition, Dr. Lavin specializes and provides psychological consultation and diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults for attorneys, Guardians ad Litem, courts, schools, and other mental health professionals. She has a wide experience understanding and evaluating the needs and abilities of children and parents who are coping with intensely stressful circumstances.
Dr. Lavin works alongside her clients in developing their therapeutic treatment goals. She is eager to apply her experience and compassion with clients as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment. Her approach combines support, empathy, problem solving skills, and development of insight into current personal challenges. She utilizes primarily cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused therapy (TF-CBT), interpersonal therapies (IPT), and strength based approaches.