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Team Spotlight – Melissa R. Eklund, MS, LMHC

May 25, 2020

Melissa R. Eklund

MS, LMHC – Program Director, Hanley Center Counseling


Melissa earned both her Bachelor of Science in psychology and her Master of Science in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University while focusing on the topic of addictions. A licensed mental health counselor, she is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Melissa has a passion for helping older populations, particularly those working through opioid addictions and trauma. She has spoken about the opioid crisis and other addiction issues at professional conferences throughout the state of Florida as well as in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and she is a regular lecturer at the Hanley Center.

What brought you to the field of addiction treatment? What brought you to Hanley?  

Early in my career, I attended a seminar that took people through the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) process. The speaker was a dynamic gentleman from the Hanley Center. I loved working with the indigent population and individuals transitioning out of prison, but I could not describe my work environment with the same level of pride. A few years later while living in Broward, I saw a job listing for the Hanley Center and remembered the impression that speaker had made on me. Interviewing with John Dyben was life changing as I’d finally found an organization that held the same sense of urgency and passion for patient care that I did.

If there was only one thing you could tell us about working within your specialty area, what would it be?

Specialty is a grey area in this field; being able to move with the patient to their area of need has been key for me. Understanding when the patient needed something or someone different in order to continue successfully on their journey has been lifesaving.

What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?

What’s amazing is that I’ve learned how ever-changing and progressive our field is. Staying in tune with the latest advances dictates our effectiveness both individually and as an organization.

Do you hold any credentials or certifications? 

I’m a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). I appreciate the opportunities I have been given to share my knowledge and experience at conferences, classes, and the Hanley lecture series.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

First and foremost, I am a family person. Outside of work I devote most of my energy to connecting with my four adult children and two grandchildren. I travel frequently, play tennis with passion, and strive to balance my life.

Hanley Center is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting recovery.

For information on our programs, call us today: 561-841-1033.

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