Melissa-EstevezMelissa Estevez is a Master of Social Work Clinical Intern, who is receiving her master’s degree in clinical social work at Baylor University in spring of 2024. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Florida International University. Melissa has experience working with military families and their children.

Her professional background includes working as a parent advocate for military families with special needs children in Onslow Public Schools, facilitator for parenting education enhancement classes at PEERS Family Development Center ( in Spanish and English) and as an educational parent coach for neurodiverse, adolescent clients. As an MSW Clinical Intern, Melissa engages evaluation of clients’ needs and strengths through intake assessments, biopsychosocial assessments, and individual therapy. Melissa identifies and implements appropriate mental health services for individual therapy, couples/family therapy, and/or small group interventions. Melissa will also be supporting the Teen Skills Group sessions that will be meeting weekly at the Cohen Clinic.

Melissa is a military spouse of 16 + years and mother of two amazing children. Melissa has an empathic approach and deep understanding of the impact that a military lifestyle can have on servicemembers and their family members. In her spare time, she likes to walk her goldendoodle pup with her family, watch funny movies, and cook new cultural dishes. Melissa strives to create a comfortable and non-judgmental atmosphere in which clients can process through their difficulties. Melissa believes in meeting clients where they are and then deciding which approach is best for the individual.