Melinda Chase Hunt
she/her/hers and they/them/their
I am a white, genderqueer person from rural New Hampshire since naturalized to the Durham area, and I'm also a bodyworker.
These aspects of my life and work inform me as a therapist with a respect for the wisdom of our unique bodies and the impact of the larger bodies we interact with and within: our cultures and histories, our communities and social systems - and nature, the earth, and the universe. These layers shape us in profound ways including all our relationships, our sense of self and belonging and safety, and our well-being. I draw on mindfulness practices and somatic (i.e., body and whole-person) tools to support you in understanding your experience and making change, and a social justice and liberatory lens to contextualize the impacts of oppression and our interconnectedness. I'm honored to walk with you in service of your healing, learning from and alongside you. At its best, therapy is a relationship where it becomes possible to connect to yourself more fully and have new experiences and insights that ease distress and support your growth and becoming. I aim to support a space where your own wisdom and wholeness can emerge and be witnessed, valued, and celebrated. The core values supporting my work are connection, integrity, respect, curiosity, humor, and love.
I enjoy working with folx on identity development, relationship building (with self and others), grief, depression, anxiety, and nervous system regulation.
Outside of the office, I enjoy moving my body through hiking, dance, and authentic movement, learning the ukulele, reading (mostly sci-fi, spec, and magical realism), and world-making with my partner, friends, and communities.