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About Melissa Hunter


Discovering a life of meaning and enjoyment often begins with feeling confident, empowered, and at ease.

At Cortex Counseling & Coaching, we believe that the treatment of OCD, Anxiety & Panic disorders, BFRBs, and Tics is not adequately treated with a one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why, here, you’ll find specialized treatment, through specific, evidence-based modalities under the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) umbrella – including:

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and Anxiety / Panic Disorders

Inference-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT)

Couples Counseling

Relationship Counseling for Individuals

Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment (ComB) for BFRBs

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) for Tics & Tourette

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Motivational Interviewing

My Story

I became a counselor after working for years in an industry that left me feeling empty. Through my own journey, I discovered that my interests and talents lie in helping others discover how to create lives with meaning and enjoyment. Helping you to feel confident, at ease, and empowered. My passion is counseling and  I feel it is an honor! I love connecting with people. I am amazed at and appreciative of the resiliency, strength, and courage that my clients display when I am working with them.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with my family and our two dogs, Lucy and Mojo. I’m am a big fan of foreign films and I love to eat sushi.

What You Should Know

I am licensed in AZ, CO, NJ, NM, and FL and also see clients internationally

From my own experience, I understand how important it is for you to know exactly what I can help you with. I am a skilled and experienced counselor who offers individual and couples counseling, and I have chosen to dedicate my clinical focus to the specialized treatment of OCD, Anxiety and panic Disorders, BFRBs, and Tics. I am trained and experienced in several Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, including Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment (ComB), Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) for Tics & Tourette, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing.

What To Expect

I counsel adults and couples using an approach that is tailored to your unique needs. Therefore, the frequency of sessions and techniques used will vary. All appointments are virtual. My purpose is to help you define, map out, and reach your goals. Most importantly, you and I will work together in a safe, welcoming environment where you can explore your feelings and begin to build the life you want.

Are you ready to take the first step?

Let’s Work Together!

Call for your free initial phone consultation. 

Chiefly, it is important for you to feel comfortable with the therapist that you are going to work with. Your trust in me is critical to having a good therapeutic relationship. I welcome the chance to work with you!

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