Melissa Layman, MSW, LSWAIC

Melissa Layman, MSW, LSWAIC

Personal Statement

I believe strongly that the therapeutic relationship is one of the paramount features in gaining benefit from psychotherapy. Feeling safe, validated, and heard are incredibly important. A sense of trust, as well as having a supportive, and open environment are foundational in beginning the process of unpacking, sorting, and addressing what has brought you to this moment. Essentially, your connection with your therapist matters.

My approach is person-centered, with hopes of being able to meet you where you are, with a therapeutic orientation that is intuitive in nature. As your therapist, we can work toward regaining balance, and hopefully making life feel more manageable.

 My therapy modalities may vary depending upon what it is you are presenting with, and hoping to work on. I may use evidence based models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and/or more supportive based models such Narrative and Cognitive Processing Therapy, or something in between as seems beneficial.


Psychological Evaluation & Psychotherapy


Education and Experience

Melissa has been working in the field of mental health for several years as a case manager, advocate, social worker, and therapist. She has experience working with Veterans and their families, LGBTQ+, women, and older adults. Melissa received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) in clinical social work with a focus in Health/Mental Health from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to receiving her MSW, Melissa attained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Melissa is currently working towards independent practice licensure, and is providing therapy under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for over twenty years.

Office Locations


• Front Street Clinic • P.O. Box 1611 Poulsbo, WA 98370 • Phone: 360-697-1141 • Fax: 360-697-2395 •