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Joanna Melon, LPC, ACS, NCC

Supportive, direct and compassionate best describe Joanna's approach to therapy. She founded Just Be Counseling, LLC on the mission of a holistic approach to mental wellness. Joanna specializes in working with people of all ages. Her areas of expertise are anxiety, self esteem issues, trauma related issues, depression and LGBT+ related issues.


Epic Melon, Certified Therapy Dog

Soft, funny and unconditional acceptance best describe Epic's approach to therapy. Epic is exceptionally skilled at meeting people where they are at. His presence provides a calm, grounding energy. He works well with people who struggle with anxiety, communication skills and trauma.

Meet Our Therapists

Dedicated to providing a holistic approach to mental wellness.

Joanna Melon, MA, MS, LPC, ACS, NCC
Practice Owner/Mental Health Therapist

Mental Health Therapist

Joanna Melon has been working in the mental health field in various capacities since 2006.  Joanna received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University in 2012. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey since 2015 and an Approved Clinical Supervisor since 2017. 
Joanna has diverse experience working with people throughout the lifespan from different backgrounds. Her experience includes crisis intervention work, trauma informed care, individual, group and family therapy.
Joanna understands that a variety of reasons can lead to a person pursuing mental health therapy. Her compassionate approach instantly aligns her with the people she works with as she supports them on their journey to emotional healing and mental wellness. Joanna believes in empowering people through person centered therapy to understand their emotions and utilize their inner strengths to resolve core conflicts and grow. 
Joanna specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults in areas of life including adjustment, anxiety, depression, self esteem, trauma, behavioral issues, anger management, self care and LGBT+ related issues. 
In addition to her above certifications, Joanna is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and trained in Nurturing Parent.  Joanna also works very closely with her certified therapy dog Epic, who brings a calming and playful presence to the office.

Epic Melon, Certified Therapy Dog
Pet Therapist

Pet Therapist

True to our Mission, we support and encourage many healing disciplines. This includes the healing power of animals. At Just Be Counseling, LLC we are happy to have on staff Epic, Certified Therapy Dog. Epic is a shih tzu and has been a certified therapy dog with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs since 2015. His playful nature inspired Just Be's "The E.P.I.C. Project -Supporting Empowerment, Positivity, Inclusiveness & Compassion" Epic loves people, especially children. He takes tremendous pride and joy in his "work". Whether Epic is sitting in your lap, snoozing in his bed or taking a seat in the therapy chair, his purpose is truly meaningful. Most people find his presence to be grounding and comforting. Epic also understands that each person's preference is unique. If you would feel more comfortable without Epic in the office, kindly let us know when you schedule your appointment.

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