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
Selfish or Self Responsible?
Selfish or Self Responsible?

"What's between you and taking care of yourself with experiences that nourish you?" "It just seems selfish," Amy responded, glancing at her husband. On his face, I saw what looked to be a passing shadow »

"What's between you and taking care of yourself with experiences that nourish you?" "It just seems selfish," Amy responded, glancing at her husband. On his face, I saw what looked to be a passing shadow sorrowful surprise followed by deep love. Directing her gaze back to his, I reminded her, "he loves YOU, not some idealized version of you." Letting that sink in, she realized that expressing her wants..

Melanie McGhee · September 13th, 2017

Melanie McGhee · September 13th, 2017

Waking Up
Waking Up

The real self is not an object of the sum of a narrative. The real self is a being. In the late eighties, our daughters were two and four. David and I were in the thick of parenting and finding our footing »

The real self is not an object of the sum of a narrative. The real self is a being. In the late eighties, our daughters were two and four. David and I were in the thick of parenting and finding our footing as young professionals. It was a busy and challenging time. Nonetheless, we took what was for us a BIG leap. We loaded ourselves and our wee ones up, hopped on a plane to Akumal, Mexico and spent..

Melanie McGhee · September 12th, 2017

Melanie McGhee · September 12th, 2017

Unmasking the False Self
Unmasking the False Self

Our conditioned false self is like a cloak of veils woven from our wounds, limited beliefs and idealized self images. Tethered to traumas and fears, the sorrows and pain of unmet needs and defeated goals, »

Our conditioned false self is like a cloak of veils woven from our wounds, limited beliefs and idealized self images. Tethered to traumas and fears, the sorrows and pain of unmet needs and defeated goals, we mistake this limited being for our real self. Our clients do the same thing. One of the easiest ways to begin unmasking this limited self is to address reactivity. Resolving reactivity reveals..

Melanie McGhee · September 8th, 2017

Melanie McGhee · September 8th, 2017

Why Home Practice NOT Home Work?
Why Home Practice NOT Home Work?

"DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIRE TO PRACTICE A FIRE DRILL." ~ DICK OLNEY As a young therapist, I was not completely comfortable saying "I'm a therapist." It felt much more congruent to »

"DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIRE TO PRACTICE A FIRE DRILL." ~ DICK OLNEY As a young therapist, I was not completely comfortable saying "I'm a therapist." It felt much more congruent to stand in "I practice psychotherapy." It's a practice, the more we do it, the better we get. Practice implies a deep engagement with the subject of practice. Practice is distinct from work. Practice implies..

Melanie McGhee · September 7th, 2017

Melanie McGhee · September 7th, 2017