Melissa Krahmer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she was inducted into the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. She currently holds a LMSW for the state of Texas and is working towards earning her Licensed Clinical Social Worker license. Melissa grew up familiar with the military as her father was in the Army. She is married to a United States Marine who is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
For the last 7 years, Melissa has worked with adults and adolescents diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression) and crisis. She also has experience working with clients with intellectual disabilities (IDD) and related conditions (autism, etc.) in the community as well as in an acute hospitalization setting. Melissa has formal education in military informed training, including providing service to active and retired military veterans, those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and clients with substance-related issues. She has organized, created, and managed programs dealing with provider resources, referrals, and symptom management.
Melissa has extensive experience in:
Her experience has ranged all the way to the courts where she has advocated for her clients’ best interest regarding State Supported Living Centers (SSLC) and Emergency Detention Order court commits when it was deemed that an individual was at risk to self or others.
Melissa played an integral role on a multidisciplinary treatment team at the only maximum security state hospital in Texas. There, she was responsible for creating and implementing person centered treatment plans for 25 clients. Her time at the hospital was with individuals who were admitted due to being found incompetent to stand trial, meaning that they needed competency education or were found not guilty by reason of insanity. With her in-depth knowledge and passion in mood disorders and psychosis, she presented to the Dangerousness Review Board on individuals to determine if they should be deemed manifestly dangerous or not.
Before relocating to Okinawa, Japan in November 2020, Melissa was the lead social worker in developing the social work program for the independent school district in Corpus Christi, Texas, comprising 58 schools. She was assigned to the Juvenile Justice Alternative Justice program where she individually met with students (ages 12-22) who were at risk of being suspended, expelled, or going to jail. To prevent juvenile sentencing, she conducted anger management, trauma informed care, and treatment planning to assist students and their families with their diagnosis and symptoms.