Melodie Mack lives and breathes counseling, inspired initially by her mother’s encouragement and then through her education journey. In 2006 she earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree and then continued on to earn her Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Regis University’s School of Education and Counseling in 2009.
These two major accomplishments were just the spark to a flame for her continuing education; leading Mack to other areas of counseling to serve those in need.
“I earned my post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy in December, 2010. And I’m working on my Counseling Military Families post-graduate certificate too,” she said, glowing with both excitement and pride.
In an effort to extend her reach to others in counseling, and in particular, the Regis community, Mack took on the role of president of the Regis Alumni Counseling Association where she provides leadership and guidance to other graduate counseling students. Her efforts and talents were recognized when she received the Colorado Association’s Outstanding Student Honor Award, which honors excellence in future counselors.
The other end of Mack’s spectrum is her private practice, Healing Hearts and Families in Colorado Springs, which has opened its doors to intern Regis University counseling students. “I care about where students get their internships from,” she explains.
By working with Regis counseling interns Mack has the opportunity to share her experiences and advantages of the in-depth counseling subject matter and the adult learning environment. And through that process, she may well become the type of mentor that was an inspiration to her while she was earning her counseling degree.
It was Linda Osterlund, a faculty member in Regis University’s graduate counseling program, who provided her with that inspiration. “Linda was vital in fostering advocacy, leadership, and innovation in my development. I owe her so much,” Mack said, admiringly.
For Mack, she shows her gratitude for those that have supported and guided her along her path by spreading a wide net to help soldiers, families, other Regis University counseling students, and the counseling community as a whole.
“I believe that leadership is not just about personalities. It’s about taking what you know and developing, and helping other people develop. I’m about helping other people become what they want to be.”