Speaking

What can you expect if you book Melissa?

 

You can expect a tailor made presentation based on your group’s particular needs.  Melissa strives to create an interactive and experiential environment fostering both learning but also personal growth.
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What are the topics Melissa speaks on?

Melissa typically presents on body image and eating disorder issues, identity and self worth, and goal setting. The topics may vary, but the goal is always the same to experience personal discovery and growth.  This is largely done through a Christian perspective.

 

What types of events do Melissa speak at?

Melissa enjoys speaking to both small and large audiences.   Audiences may range from professionals to women’s church groups.  See below for more about the topics and events Melissa has spoken at.

 

Professional Resume

Melissa has worked in a private practice setting since 2008. Prior to working in private practice, she worked as a counselor at a non-profit agency for 3 years. She is currently the Director of Drennan & Associates Christian Counseling Center in Dallas. She guides her clients in identifying and removing the roadblocks that keep them from living out their true identity and purpose. In counseling, speaking and writing, Melissa utilizes a holistic approach in helping others find hope and healing. One area of special interest and expertise is issues related to body image and eating disorders. She servered on as a board member for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and speaks often on the subject.

Melissa has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Texas State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Biblical Studies from Grace University. As a Dallas native, she is passionate about serving her community and the greater metroplex through speaking engagements at schools, churches and local organizations.

 

Previous Speaking Engagements:

  • Parenting Conference, Vision Powered Parenting
  • Uptown Women’s Center’s Clarity Lunch Series
    • The Many Faces of Eating Disorders
    • Made for More: Discovering your identity and worth
  • Kid’s Camp: Spoke on identity issues for adolescents
  • Women’s First Friday Group: Redefining your Body Image
  • UArise Campus Minstry:  7 Myths of Eating Disorders Teaching Video
  • Alley’s House Graduation Ceremony: Vision Casting
  • Licensed Professional Counseling Intern Group: 7 Myths of Eating Disorders
  • The Elisa Project’s Brown Bag Lunch, 7 Myths of Eating Disorders
  • Alley’s House Graduation Ceremony: Vision Casting
  • Camp Eagle: Mother-Daughter Retreat: Body Image, Taming Emotions, and The Power of a Name
  • SMU Phi Lamb Chapter: Body Image

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