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Melissa Yunker

Outpatient Mental Health Professional


Year Joined: 2021
Years of Experience: 16


College of Saint Scholastica - BSW
University of Minnesota--Twin Cities - MSW
Areas of Experience
  • Abuse (Sexual, Physical, Verbal)
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Addictions
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety - General
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Codependency
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • College-Aged and Student Issues
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Court-Ordered Therapy
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family of Origin
  • Grief & Loss
  • Guilt & Shame
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Serious & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Work Issues

More About Melissa Yunker

Clinical Interests:

I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. My clinical areas of interest include mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, significant life transitions, healthy communication, domestic violence survivors, child welfare, women's issues, self-esteem, shame resilience, and trauma.

Clinical Approach:

I take a person-centered, strengths based, and trauma informed approach, in order to help people work toward the changes that they would like to make in their lives. I am trained in, and incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) into my work, meeting people where they are at, recognizing that they are experts on their own lives, and empowering them to utilize their insight, strengths, and skills to reach their goals.


In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, distance running, camping and hiking with my dogs, riding my horse, kayaking, and fishing.

Clinic Contact Info

Alexandria Clinic

305 30th Avenue West
Alexandria, MN 56308

(320) 460-8028