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
Untangling from Cognitive Distortions, Part Two
Untangling from Cognitive Distortions, Part Two

Yesterday, I opened the back door to the porch and this guy was RIGHT THERE! With his head in the air. Yikes. I closed the door. QUICKLY. As I caught my breath, I realized how quickly the thought, "there's »

Yesterday, I opened the back door to the porch and this guy was RIGHT THERE! With his head in the air. Yikes. I closed the door. QUICKLY. As I caught my breath, I realized how quickly the thought, "there's a snake on the porch," became a story. For those few moments, that story felt REAL! Instead, I restored myself to calm and walked on to the porch to have a conversation with that snake....with rake..

Melanie McGhee · 6 days ago

Melanie McGhee · 6 days ago

Untangling from Cognitive Distortions, Part One
Untangling from Cognitive Distortions, Part One

First up, this pic is not really related to the post—- but I like it and thought you might too—- found art on the island of Isla Mujeres... Maybe it is related... we'll see—life as art and all. Many »

First up, this pic is not really related to the post—- but I like it and thought you might too—- found art on the island of Isla Mujeres... Maybe it is related... we'll see—life as art and all. Many if not most therapists, coaches, spiritual directors would disagree on the value of the narrative in helping our clients. Cognitive distortions may be the clearest view we can get on just how tangled..

Melanie McGhee · May 12th, 2018

Melanie McGhee · May 12th, 2018

AAIT, Not Your Grandfather’s Therapy
AAIT, Not Your Grandfather’s Therapy

The one thing most practitioners might disagree with about Acceptance and Integration Training (AAIT) is the value of our clients' narrative. With AAIT, the narrative doesn't serve as the primary filter, »

The one thing most practitioners might disagree with about Acceptance and Integration Training (AAIT) is the value of our clients' narrative. With AAIT, the narrative doesn't serve as the primary filter, this principle does: The true self is not inhibited by the limitations of a narrative. The true self is a being. What this means is that when we are working with a client, a primary objective is to..

Melanie McGhee · May 4th, 2018

Melanie McGhee · May 4th, 2018

Therapeutic Failures, Ugh.
Therapeutic Failures, Ugh.

Therapeutic failures. Ugh. Rarely do we discuss them openly. Yet our failures can be one big playground on which we can discover and fortify leaps in skill. I recently hit a therapeutic failure with a »

Therapeutic failures. Ugh. Rarely do we discuss them openly. Yet our failures can be one big playground on which we can discover and fortify leaps in skill. I recently hit a therapeutic failure with a client. I don't want to write about it. Sharing failure seems counterintuitive and oh, so wrong. Yet oh so right at the same time. None of us like admitting a therapeutic failure, ESPECIALLY when we stand..

Melanie McGhee · April 27th, 2018

Melanie McGhee · April 27th, 2018