Dr. Lemons is also a counselor. As part of the ministry of Unity’s congregation she offers affordable counseling to individuals, couples, and groups.

***Professional, confidential psychotherapy that’s sensitive to the spiritual needs and values of individuals from all faith traditions or no particular affiliation.

If you’d like to discuss counseling or make an appointment, please email melissalemons@gmail.com or call 302-803-8866.

Counseling Approaches
I typically use Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help clients identify the behaviors and thoughts they’d like to change and to help them develop the habits of thinking that prevent depression and anxiety and to manage anger. I also rely on Contextual Family Therapy to address a wide variety of problems related to communication, emotional expression, and loss.

As an outreach ministry of the congregation, the goal is to make counseling available to individuals, couples, and families regardless of ability to pay.

The standard fee is $80 for a 50- minute session. A sliding scale fee is available with a minimum of $10 per meeting. Our goal is to serve the community, so please talk with the counselor about fees.

The practice does not accept insurance payments, but clients may be able to submit their receipts for reimbursement based on the policies and procedures of their insurance company.

Our Counselor
Dr. Lemons holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Loyola University Maryland and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She also holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and another in Counseling Psychology. She studied ecumenical and interfaith theology. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the ACPE (which incorporated the American Association of Pastoral Counselors).

She works with individuals, couples, and families, and her definition of couples and families includes folks from all ethnic and religious groups and their varied sexual orientations and gender identities. She has practical experience working with individuals and groups on parenting, blended families, spiritual crisis, and sexuality.

She served as an intern in an Army Chaplain Family Life Center, a West Chester based non-profit agency focused on couples and families, and a college counseling center in Maryland before coming to Unity Church.