Melinda Hermanson - Handel Behavioral Health
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Counselors & Appointments

Melinda Hermanson, LICSW

For Telehealth/Online & Amherst Appointments

(413) 287-7168 View Availability Join Virtual Waiting Room

Counseling Style

Melinda is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She understands that reaching out for help and finding a therapist can be challenging. Her wish is to make your experience with finding a therapist less stressful, so that your transition into therapy is positive. She uses a goal oriented and solution-focused counseling approach. Melinda assures a professional, safe, and welcoming environment. Her clients often describe her as kind, supportive, compassionate, and funny. Her supportive style shows an in-depth understanding of the human condition and mental health issues. Melinda holds a deep respect for individual differences and human dignity. She will listen to what your goals are and help you to reach them.


Melinda has been in the field for 30+ years wearing different hats. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Connecticut and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts. Melinda has worked in various settings as a social worker, counselor, and therapist. Providing both individual and group psychotherapy for diverse cultures, ages 6 to 96 years old. Melinda has specialized in treating dually diagnosed clients and trauma survivors. She also embraces diversity. Melinda has spent many years as a human rights advocate and works closely with the LGBTQ community.


  • Anxiety/Panic/Phobias
  • Depression
  • Substance Related/Addictive Disorders
  • Trauma

Clinical Modalities + Treatments

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness/Meditation

I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you. I believe that life can be extremely challenging, and many of us have difficulty adjusting to life stressors, such as surviving trauma, addiction, and loss. Helping people achieve a sense of well-being often involves empowering others to remain determined to move forward.

Authored Articles & Interviews

Uncovering Resilience: Melinda Hermanson, LICSW

January 4, 2024