Melissa Caldwell Engle
Executive Vice President of Clinical Development and Programming and Co-founder, MS, LPC, ATR
Melissa as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Registered Art Therapist (A.T.R.). She has over 25 years of experience in treating trauma and addictions. She has been the Executive Clinical Director at the Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma for 20 years. While in this position, Mrs. Caldwell Engle clinically managed three inpatient programs directed by Colin A. Ross M.D. where she was involved in the development, and implementation of the Trauma Model and its integration into the programs’ treatment milieu. She was actively involved in the development of the “Trauma Model Certification” process and co-presented with Dr. Ross. In addition to this administrative role, she also maintained her clinical skills by leading groups and providing individual therapy on the units.
Melissa is also a co-founder of the Trauma Recovery Associates (TRA 2002) which was originally created in response to the Catholic Church’s “sex abuse scandal” in 2002. TRA has since grown with its focus being to educate and foster the development of organizational leaders, human service providers, and trauma survivors themselves to respond more effectively to the impact of childhood trauma on individuals and society.
She also worked in private practice for 14 years. She has worked with all behavioral health diagnoses including Depression, Dual-Diagnoses, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Eating Disorders, OCD, Dissociative Disorders, and ALL addictive patterns and diagnoses both on the individual and group level.
She is an internationally recognized speaker on the effects of trauma, addiction, and the comorbid client. Melisssa has a unique way of combining theory with specific treatment techniques emphasizing experiential/expressive treatment modalities. This combination allows her to reach a broad range of clinicians and participants. Her humor and case examples create a highly entertaining presentation style that makes her a recognized and sought-after speaker.
It is through her extensive years of experience in the behavioral health arena and her expertise in treating all trauma-related psychiatric and addictive diagnoses that she is able to offer a truly integrated approach to our Healing Springs Clinical Programming.
Melissa is married to a firefighter/paramedic and together they have 4 children. She loves to travel and experience different cultures.