Salt Lake City
Melinda Pettingill MSW, LCSW received a BS in Social Work from Brigham Young University in 2004 and an MSW from the University of Utah in 2006 prior to becoming a licensed clinical social worker. Melinda owns and operates a private practice office in Salt Lake City, teaches “Trauma Treatment” courses in the MSW program at the University of Utah, and provides training and consultation for service providers in Salt Lake, and across the state of Utah. Melinda previously worked as the Clinical Director at the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City and Education Director at the YWCA of Utah as well as Clinical Supervisor at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute and as an adjunct instructor teaching Clinical and Policy focused social work courses at Salt Lake Community College, Westminster College and the University of Utah. Melinda’s training and professional experience has centered on Trauma focused Cognitive approaches to understanding and working with the human psyche. Melinda is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems work with a strong emphasis on Mindfulness based trauma work.
Melinda’s personal philosophy on trauma work and wellness emphasizes stabilization techniques developed primarily in Western psychology combined with Eastern spiritual practices for understanding and working with the psyche. Melinda’s experience in psychotherapy has taught her that mindful attention to our inner life yields healing and the ability to approach compassionate living that allows us to free ourselves from suffering.
Years in Practice: 14
- Completed Approved EMDR Basic Training
- EMDR Certified
Approving / Certifying Organization: EMDRIA
- Attachment Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual/Physical/Emotional Abuse
Date completed basic EMDR training: 2015
Trainer: Laurel Parnell
Date completed EMDR Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course (Part 3): 2018
Trainer: Constance Kaplan