Melissa Hinkle received her undergraduate degree at The University of Miami of Florida, in 1988. She received her master’s degree from Norfolk State University in 1991.
She has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health care, hospitals, residential care, a detention center, and at Milestones. Ms. Hinkle uses play therapy, art, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, problem solving, social skills therapy, and solution focused therapy, as well as other approaches to meet the individual needs of each client.
She thoroughly enjoys working with children, teens and young adults, as well as parents. She has a great deal of experience in working with individuals with developmental disabilities, especially Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, behavior disorders, disruptive behavior disorders and Bipolar Disorder.
Ms. Hinkle is a public speaker for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and for topics related to the adolescent brain and behavior.
She is the mother of four, two of whom she fostered prior to adoption. When not working Ms. Hinkle enjoys laughing with her kids playing with her dog and shopping.