Faculty Highlight

Meet Melissa Gaa, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation & Health Services 

First, tell us a little about yourself.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor. I have a private practice in Grapevine, Texas, and have been working with individuals, families, and couples for more than 10 years. I am a native Texan, married, have two daughters and two dogs.

Why did you choose to study rehabilitation counseling?

I actually have a degree in counseling and my background is in clinical mental health. I’ve always wanted to be in the helping field.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy mentoring and collaborating with students. It’s exciting to see future clinicians getting prepared to go out into the world to make changes for others.

What do you hope your students gain from your courses?

A better understanding of the field and more confidence in helping others.

When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

I love traveling and spending time with my family.