Melanie (Mel) Hower, MS, ATR (she/her) is a registered art therapist and eating disorder specialist. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy from Holy Family University. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Mel has experience working with adolescents and adults with eating disorder diagnoses, body image concerns, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, she has experience working with families affected by domestic violence.
Mel incorporates art into her therapeutic work by inviting her clients to explore various art mediums which allows for the artwork to serve as another form of emotional expression. Additionally, she works primarily through a HAES (Health At Every Size) approach as well as a trauma-informed lens and pulls from CBT and DBT theories. Her professional experience includes eating disorder partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care at The Renfrew Center, outpatient treatment programs, and non-profit community outreach. Mel’s passion is to help her clients feel empowered through the use of art-making and emotional exploration. You can find some of Mel’s art published in Psychology Today and displayed in local businesses. Alongside her art therapy practices, Mel is Reiki certified, and brings a warm presence into her therapeutic work with clients.