A reluctant yogi, Melanie took her first yoga class in 2009 because none of the Pilates classes offered at her gym fit her schedule. After a few months of regular yoga practice, however, she noticed she was sleeping better, had less anxiety, more serenity, took a calmer approach to complex problems, had fewer aches and pains, fewer headaches … and even fewer allergies! Her involuntary conversion to yoga had introduced her to the brain and body changes only yoga can offer.
It didn’t take long to make the connection between her own experience with yoga and its potential for better, deeper client care. When she got stuck on a particularly tough case — a client struggling with trauma, severe anxiety, and intrusive, violent nightmares — Melanie asked her yoga instructor at the gym to spend a few sessions with this client to supplement her talk therapy. A few additional yoga sessions were all it took. The client made rapid progress, developed a portable, sustainable approach to managing her ongoing mental health needs, and went off to college to become an artist.
So naturally, Melanie built a yoga studio and hired herself some yogis!
The early years of Lifeologie’s psychotherapeutic yoga program were admittedly experimental. It quickly became clear that LIfeologie was breaking new ground, and that a serious, science-based training method would need to be developed to train clinicians and yogis in this new, cutting-edge modality. And… The LISPY School was born!
A creative thinker, entrepreneur and now-dedicated yogi, Melanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a clinical member of the American Counseling Association, and an approved LPC and LMFT supervisor.
Melanie founded The LifeWorks Group – now Lifeologie institute – to offer clients a fresh, innovative approach to the everyday problems of life. Creative solutions to stuck problemstm. Lifeologie’s innovative “what box?” approach and its relentless commitment to collaboration offers clients and clinicians an optimal environment for superior client care.
Melanie serves as Lifeologie’s clinical director, overseeing cases and consulting and collaborating with the entire staff on a weekly basis – in addition to being available for case consultation 24/7, as are all senior clinicians at Lifeologie.
She also serves as creative director and is responsible for most of Lifeologie’s’ creative output, including this website.
After growing up in the Texas panhandle in a family of musicians, she attended SMU on a music scholarship (she’s a fiddle player), graduated with an English degree and headed for graduate school. While studying theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, she took her first counseling course and was hooked.
She later helped to found and develop DTS’s MA in Biblical Counseling program and taught in the counseling department there. She holds an MA in Biblical Studies from DTS as well as a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she also taught as a member of the adjunct faculty.
In addition to leading Lifeologie, Melanie is the founder and CEO of Lifeologie franchising — which brings Lifeologie’s creative, collaborative approach to client care and clinical training to cities around the country.
Melanie is also the founder and president of The DAWG Project, a nonprofit dedicated to the welfare and safety of Dallas pets and their people. She still plays a mean fiddle and is the author of several best-selling novels, including the acclaimed Dylan Foster trilogy — When the Day of Evil Comes, The Soul Hunter, and My Soul to Keep (Random House).
And of course, she is the proud parent of two of our therapy dogs, Gunner & Goliath, as well as a frequent foster parent to homeless Dallas dogs.