Melanie McGhee LCSW

Clinical Social Worker
Melanie McGhee

Credentials: License

Institution: University of Utah

Certification: Master's Degree, Clinical Social Work

Certification Year: 1984

Institution: University of Utah

Graduated: 1984

In practice since: 1984

Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. is the founder of Acceptance and Integration Training (AAIT). AAIT helps clients alleviate psychological suffering while contributing to their spiritual wellbeing, helping them become established in steadier states of being. McGhee has maintained a private psychotherapy practice since 1984. She developed AAIT based on her years of practice, study and training with master therapists, especially Dick Olney, Zivorad Slavinski and Bob and Mary Goulding.

In addition to the training and supervision she provides to counselors, coaches and clergy, Ms. McGhee provides psychotherapy to people experiencing depression, anxiety and/or relationship problems. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee and Maryville College. An award-winning author, she and her husband are currently collaborating on a book about Acceptance and Integration Training.

Articles Melanie has Published
Recognizing the Non-dual States of Acceptance and Integration
Recognizing the Non-dual States of Acceptance and Integration

One of the participants in the AAIT Curate Your State program asked me how we know when we have FULLY accepted and integrated an experience. Such a good question. There are some indicators that make it »

One of the participants in the AAIT Curate Your State program asked me how we know when we have FULLY accepted and integrated an experience. Such a good question. There are some indicators that make it pretty clear that we have lined up with acceptance and integration. The biggest one is that we learn to rely on the evidence of our own experience. AND AAIT has built-in mechanisms to direct awareness..

Melanie McGhee · April 1st, 2018

Melanie McGhee · April 1st, 2018

Empathy’s Role
Empathy’s Role

The last few weeks, I've been going the long way around answering a question raised by a talented young therapist, "What is the role of empathy in AAIT?" NOW, I think I'm ready to more directly answer »

The last few weeks, I've been going the long way around answering a question raised by a talented young therapist, "What is the role of empathy in AAIT?" NOW, I think I'm ready to more directly answer the question. Empathy is essential in ANY therapeutic relationship. It is crucial to developing trust which is critical to establishing a collaborative relationship. Collaboration is central to creating..

Melanie McGhee · March 30th, 2018

Melanie McGhee · March 30th, 2018

Empathy, Bridge of the Heart
Empathy, Bridge of the Heart

Sufi trickster, Mullah Nasruddin, joyfully comes home and tells his wife, "I just took a fabulous class on empathy!" She asks him to tell her more. With glee, he almost shouts "First, you give ME compassion! »

Sufi trickster, Mullah Nasruddin, joyfully comes home and tells his wife, "I just took a fabulous class on empathy!" She asks him to tell her more. With glee, he almost shouts "First, you give ME compassion! THEN, I give you empathy!" We all have our challenges with empathy. There are a variety of emotional states we inhabit that inhibit our capacity to empathize with someone. Anything on the mad,..

Melanie McGhee · March 29th, 2018

Melanie McGhee · March 29th, 2018

Exercising Empathy
Exercising Empathy

"Every fool knows the ocean contains a drop of water. It takes a wise person to understand that a drop of water also contains the ocean." I cannot count the times I've heard Zivorad say this. My understanding »

"Every fool knows the ocean contains a drop of water. It takes a wise person to understand that a drop of water also contains the ocean." I cannot count the times I've heard Zivorad say this. My understanding of this simple aphorism continues to unfold and expand. Turning over on itself, it recently sounded loud in my mind when I read a Facebook post from my friend and fellow social worker, Susan Bryant,..

Melanie McGhee · March 27th, 2018

Melanie McGhee · March 27th, 2018