Melissa Sulkowski is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania who has been working with children and families for over 22 years. She holds her certification with the National Board of Certified Counselors. She has been in private practice for the last 15 years and now provides counseling to adults and couples as well. Melissa’s focus is on individual growth, which lends itself to the development of healthy relationships and ultimately allows children and their families to thrive.
Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Arts in Counseling from Edinboro University. She keeps her registered nursing license current. Prior to opening her own practice she worked at a Residential Treatment Facilities for children. She held positions from that of child care worker at Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center in 1994 to Program Director at Cornell Abraxas.
Over time, Melissa has expanded her practice to encompass and address not only the emotional needs of clients, but also the physical needs. It was her vision that brought Nurturinse Counseling and Wellness to fruition in 2011, now a holistic space that provides treatment for the body and mind. It is her belief in and commitment to others that has allowed this concept to flourish.
Melissa has received specialized training in Collaborative Practice and is a founding member of the Collaborative Professionals of Northwest PA. She currently serves as the President of the Collaborative Professionals of Northwest Pennsylvania. She serves as a coach and child specialist on collaborative teams, supporting the emotional needs of the family while improving their communication. This method allows her to accomplish successful resolutions for families going through a divorce without having to go into a courtroom. Facilitating team meetings, assisting the parents in developing parenting plans and giving the child a voice in the process are skill sets that Melissa brings to the collaborative table.
Melissa has also been trained in mediation and is credentialed to conduct Family Mediation.
In 2013 Melissa co-presented “Fatal (Fiscal) Attraction: Spendthrifts and Tightwads” at the IACP International Forum in San Antonio, Texas. Her Forum impressions were later published in the The Trend: A Newsletter of the PA Bar Association’s Collaborative Law Committee. Since that time, Melissa has presented on collaborative practice in Vancouver, Canada, Washington, D.C. and our local community. In addition, Melissa was elected by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals for their first “Leadership Academy”. This is a program designed to create collaborative leaders with a mission to continue the momentum of the collaborative movement internationally.
In February of 2014 Melissa was selected as a recipient of the Athena PowerLink award. This program recognizes potential in woman owned businesses and assists them in taking their business to the “next level”. The mission is to increase growth and profitability of the business while supporting, developing and inspiring women leaders to achieve their full potential.
As you can see, Melissa is extremely passionate about her work. She has helped hundreds of families in resolving conflict and offers healing alternatives. Melissa will be published as a contributing author in 2017 by the American Bar Association on “Building a Profitable and Satisfying Collaborative Law Practice.” She was also nominated in 2016 for the Liberty Bell Award through the Erie County Bar Association. Her work continues in discovering ways for families to thrive.