Melinda Fox

What do I do at the Counseling Center?

I am a licensed professional counselor and have a variety of roles within the Counseling Center.  One of my primary roles is the Liaison to Athletics.  I work closely with Athletics and provide consultation and counseling support to JMU’s student athlete population.  I am also the Coordinator of Veteran Services and am a member of the Veterans Task Force.  In addition to these roles, I provide supervision to our clinicians in training and am one of the field clinicians for the wilderness therapy program.

What's it like to work with me?

As a counselor I strive to journey with clients.  I view the therapeutic relationship as essential to this process and collaborate with my clients to address their treatment goals. Creating a space of warmth and safety is a priority and I believe that humor, when used responsibly, can aid in the growth and healing process.  I work from a psychodynamic perspective and often integrate interpersonal process and cognitive behavioral techniques into my work. I have particular interest in family of origin issues, working with the LGTBQIQ community and addressing the unique needs of student athletes.

What do I do outside of the Counseling Center?

When not at work, I can often be found chasing my son around a playground or hiking through the woods with my family and our dogs. In the fall and winter, Sundays are reserved for football and chili. I also love to read, bake, explore new foods/restaurants and watch a questionable amount of television.

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