After growing up in a multicultural background, Melissa Thomsen completed her Bachelor in social sciences and education in 2009 and her second bachelor in French and education k-12 in Missouri in 2011. She taught in Oklahoma for a year and half before moving to the California coast, where she lived and taught high school French and first grade for 9 years. During this time, she enjoyed helping her students reach their best potential. During her teaching career, she has enjoyed being a source of support, compassion, and encouragement to children and young adults. In 2021, Melissa decided to move to Nashville to open her own bilingual immersion preschool, another experience that has confirmed her desire to work in the counseling field and continue to help children and young adults access the care they may need. In 2022, Melissa joined her husband’s side in the military life and started working as the SFRG assistant for the Bravo company at Fort Campbell. She has started her masters program in clinical mental health & counseling at the University of the Cumberlands and will be expected to graduate in 2024. Melissa is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Melissa is delighted to join the Refuge Center’s team and to be a part of its mission in providing affordable care and support to individuals, families, and couples in need. She believes that all individuals, no matter their age, background, or economic status, should have access to mental health care, support, and hope. Melissa looks forward to providing compassion and kindness to each client at the Refuge Center in their journey for growth and healing.