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Hidden Gems: Meet Melissa Shaw of Knot Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Shaw.

Thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My passion for mental health began at a young age when I witnessed my two adopted sisters struggle through trauma, abandonment, and recovery. Since then, I’ve been on a quest to help people get to the deepest levels of healing. I lived in a tent for three years as a wilderness counselor for troubled teens. I’ve worked in child protection, dialysis, and community mental health to help people step out of trauma and realize their full potential. Learning how much our relationships affect our lives, I started specializing in a unique combination of trauma healing and couples counseling. I now operate a small therapy practice where I only contract with other big-hearted therapists who share the same passion for learning, growing, and healing that I do.

Let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Most people don’t understand that being a therapist requires a lot of vulnerability. It takes courage to let go and let your clients grow in a meaningful way versus pushing your agenda.

Being a therapist can also be pretty isolating. Because we’re sessions all day, we have little time to connect with our colleagues. We can leave our days feeling close and connected to our clients, but those relationships don’t take the place of meaningful friendships. For those reasons, I’m working hard to create a supportive community within the world of private practice clinicians.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Knot Therapy?
We are a team of BIG-hearted therapists who LOVE what we do! We’re some of the most authentic, down-to-earth people you’ll ever meet. We’re both casual and informal to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

We LOVE working with couples and pride ourselves on our ability to go deep and get to the REAL problems in the relationship. Because we’ve hit so many challenges with the conditioning that our client’s brain brings to a relationship, many of us have trained in EMDR and Brainspotting to help address the issues that typical talk therapy doesn’t.

What does success mean to you?
Success is helping our clients live fuller lives and healing from the stuff holding them back. Success is helping to save relationships by changing the dance between people so they can connect lovingly and authentically. Success is assisting people to be seen and heard in a way that validates.


  • Couples Counseling $125-150/hr
  • Individual Counseling $125-150/hr
  • EMDR $125-150/hr
  • Brainspotting $125-150/hr
  • Master’s Level Clinical Intern $40-80/hr

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