Melissa Pavlik, LMFT

I appreciate the courage it takes to be vulnerable and allow someone to hear your story. We all need an emotionally safe, non-judgmental space to connect, explore, and learn about oursevles. I believe you are the expert in your life and I can provide that space to guide you on your journey of self-awareness and healing.

I use an individualized, strength-based approach to help you identify problematic patterns and strengths while developing healthy coping skills in order to move towards growth and desired change. I enjoy working with adolescents and their families allowing them the space to explore their ever-changing worlds, big ideas, and learn to manage their emotions that so often control their lives. I value the unique stories everyone tells and welcome any adults or adolescents interested in exploring the variety of challenges life may offer.


Adolescents or adults



Life transitions

Family therapy

Substance abuse



Family Conflict


Issues of Sexuality and Gender


M.A. – St. Mary’s University of MN

B.A. – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

clinical experience

Headway School-based outpatient therapy

Fairview Adolescent Crisis Stabilization

Phoenix Recovery Programs dual-diagnosis residential treatment center

In network with

CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

  • BCBS – Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • UHB/Medica
  • Medicare
  • MHCP – MA
  • Medical Assistance
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • HealthPartners
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Hennepin Health

Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.


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