MELISSA MCCULLEN Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Hello, I’m Melissa McCullen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Foundations Family Therapy in Raleigh.

Helping you dig out of the hole and move forward in victory

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a hole and can’t seem to find the way out? Does it feel suffocating? Does it seem like everyone is passing you by and you are falling more and more behind? Did your best friend just get his third promotion this year while you are still unemployed? Are you single and wishing when your Mr. Wonderful will find you? Do you feel discontented with where you are? Do you find yourself wishing you knew what you could do differently but just needing some support? When life is unfair and we are grieving the loss of what our life “should” be we sometimes need a helping hand. What if there was a person that truly saw you in the hole and had a way of helping you out? It sometimes feels impossible to get out of the hole by ourselves and that’s okay. We were made for connection.

I see my role as a therapist of truly seeing you, seeing your need, and giving you resources to help you out and move you in the direction you want to go, toward victory and healing.

Healing through Relationship 

Relationships are hard and messy but I hope to earn your trust enough that you will let me enter in and help you. Relationships can cause hurt but relationships can also heal. I aim to be in a therapeutic relationship with you to help you process past relationship hurts and move you forward into healthy relationships. Out of bitterness and into delight. Out of despair and into hope. Out of the darkness and into the light. Out of regret and into gladness.

Together we can create goals that you are passionate about and I can use my expertise to guide you and cheer you on to those goals. You deserve to feel “un-stuck” and I aim to help equip you for that! This will be a journey, but not a journey you have to go through alone. It may be scary, but you deserve this!

What I Bring to the Table

I have over 10 years of experience working as an LCSW. I enjoy working with children, teens, and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and mood or behavioral challenges. I would be honored to walk this road with you and move you from surviving to thriving! 

I currently also work as a school counselor at a local private school in Wake County and understand the stresses of school and the demanding nature of schooling on the students and families!

I have previously worked in the psychiatric hospital setting, foster care/adoption, and developmental disabilities day program. These different environments have given me a variety of skills to meet my clients where they are and help move them to where they want to be.

The Fun Stuff

I have lived in Florida, Arkansas, and Tennessee which has given me a great love of the outdoors. I enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, playing sports and anything else that gets me outdoors. I also enjoy cooking, but not cleaning, and spending time with my family and friends.

My favorite barista order is a double chocolate chip frappuccino or a chai tea latte. 

If you find yourself yearning for greater contentment, delight, hope, gladness and connection, please reach out. You were made for more! You can do this! 



I see clients at FFT in Raleigh