Melinda Somerville, LISW-CP

Melinda Somerville Irmo COunselingLicensed Independent Social Worker- Clinical Practice

Founder of Irmo Counseling, LLC

I discovered therapy in college when I was 19 years old.  It changed my life!  Before, I struggled feeling inadequate, insecure and socially shy.  I often compared myself to other people.  I struggled with perfectionism and worried about making other people happy.  This behavior often kept people from really knowing me.  Even worse, it kept me from really knowing myself.

In therapy, l was able to let go of perfectionism and my desire for acceptance from other people.  As I did an amazing thing happened, I found out who I really was.  The less I focused on other people, the more I was able to accept myself, love myself and be myself.  It was a real Velveteen Rabbit experience.  Being authentic, genuine and self-aware is now a guiding focus of my life.

Therapy awakened me.  I decided I wanted everyone to know the peace and freedom I had found.  I wanted live a life helping others find peace, contentment and happiness.  I decided to become a therapist and truly found my life’s purpose.

Being a therapist is more than a job to me.  I have a passion for helping people transform and grow into their full potential.  It takes a lot of courage to reach out and open up to another person about your troubles.  I have never forgotten how nervous I was learning to trust a therapist.  I am sensitive to how difficult this might be for you and will be patient as trust builds between us.  The path to healing and growth is very intimate and it would a privilege to be apart of your journey.

 My Background

I am a psychotherapist and Licensed Independent Social Worker with 16 years of clinical experience working with people from all walks of life.  I have been a therapist in private practice for 11 years and founded Irmo Counseling Services, LLC in 2010.  In my early years of clinical practice, I worked extensively with people in the treatment of major mental illness, substance abuse, crisis management and with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.  As a therapist in private practice, I have focused my practice helping couples improve their relationships, individuals recover from depression, anxiety, postpartum depression/anxiety, perinatal depression/anxiety, loss and grief, divorce/separation, low self worth, social anxiety and many other painful transitions of living.  My work with people has been by far my greatest teacher and continues to shape the work I do today.

My approach to psychotherapy is primarily Person-Centered.  I would best describe myself as Integrative because much of my work incorporates Psychodynamic, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Experiential treatment methods.   I work in the here and now, but also explore past experiences as they relate to present day issues.

Degrees and Professional Affiliations

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from University of South Carolina (2000)
  • BA of Psychology degree from University of South Carolina (1997)
  • Member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Therapist in Columbia, SC; Counselor in Columbia, SC;  Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Postpartum, Eating Disorders, Couples and Marriage Counseling in Columbia, Irmo, Chapin, and Lexington, SC.