Mission

Our mission, at Mercy and Hope Counseling, LLC, is to help clients like you find hope when, for example, it seems like the walls are closing in on you or no doors will open for you. There may be a time in your life when you have experienced emotional or mental pain or sufferings and do not know how to cope. Through kind and compassionate counseling, Mercy and Hope Counseling can help you find your window of hope and start you on a path towards healing.

Hello, my name is Melisa Ho

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, BSN, RN, CDCES

I am the principal counselor at Mercy and Hope Counseling, LLC. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Western Seminary and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Linfield College.

I have over 25 years of nursing care with a focus on diabetes care and education. As a nurse, I have provided both physical care and mental and emotional support to many patients. My patients come from many different cultures, speak many different languages, and face different challenges and barriers.

Based on my professional and personal life experiences, I believe a holistic approach to counseling is the ideal way to help a person reach his or her maximum potential. In other words, my approach is to address both the physical well-being as well as the spiritual, mental, and emotional needs of a person.

Through Mercy and Hope Counseling, I hope to use my knowledge, skills, experience, and maybe fluency in Cantonese to serve clients from all backgrounds and cultures. I also hope to serve clients who often encounter challenges or barriers (such as cultural or language) that prevent them from getting access to mental health counseling services. I am under the supervision of Kay C. Bruce, Psy.D., LPC #C2414

Mercy and Hope Counseling and I look forward to being part of your journey to find hope, healing, and happiness!

Services



Depression

People can experience depression at any age.

Signs and symptoms of depression may include feeling sad and hopeless, having little or no energy, and losing interest and motivation.

What causes depression? Depression can be related to a specific event such as postpartum depression (depression after giving birth). Depression can also be related to social, psychological, and/or biological factors.

If left untreated, depression can lead to suicide.

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, there are ways to help you with your depression. We can help you explore some of the ways.

Please contact Mercy and Hope Counseling to schedule an appointment.





Anxiety

Anxiety is very common in people of all ages.

Often, people don’t even notice that they have anxieties.

Some signs and symptoms may include being worried all the time, feeling restless, having lots of muscle tensions, or not sleeping well.

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, there are ways to help you with your anxiety. We can help you explore some of the ways.

Please contact Mercy and Hope Counseling to schedule an appointment.





Chronic Illness

Do you have a health condition that lasts for a lifetime? Do you feel overwhelmed and uncertain about your health? Then what you are experiencing may be negative emotions that are related to a chronic illness.

If left untreated, negative emotions relating to a chronic illness can cause you to develop other health conditions. Moreover, your negative emotions can affect your relationship with family members, friends, and others. Treatment would require addressing both the physical well-being (chronic illness) and negative emotions.

If you are experiencing these negative emotions, Mercy and Hope Counseling is here for you. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.





Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver is no easy task! There are joys and challenges. But often caregivers do not realize, until it is too late, that they may have been suffering caregiver burnout. Burnout can affect the caregiver spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

Do you take care of someone at home or at work? Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and frustrated? Do you, sometimes, even feel angry at the people whom you care for?

If you are experiencing these feelings, it is time to take care of yourself.

Mercy and Hope Counseling is here for you. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.





Geriatric counseling

Are you in your “golden years”?

Do you feel unhappy when you think about how your life has been? Are you feeling lonely or regretful? Are you struggling with a sense of failure?

These negative feelings can often lead to depression and despair.

Are you having a hard time dealing with these feelings? If you are, please promptly seek help before it is too late.

Counseling may be able to help you cope with these feelings and hopefully help you find renewed hope and healing.

Please contact Mercy and Hope Counseling to schedule an appointment.





Marriage Counseling

Are you experiencing stress or conflicts with your spouse?

Do you feel like you have lost the deep love and connection that you and your spouse once had?

Do you feel sad and lonely in your marriage?

If you answer “yes” to the questions above, there are ways to help guide you in your marriage. I can explore those ways with you (or with you and your spouse).

To get started, please contact Mercy and Hope Counseling to schedule an appointment.





Premarital Counseling

Are you engaged? If yes, congratulations!

This is an exciting and potentially stressful time for you as you and your fiance(e) may be dealing with wedding plans, meeting your fiance(e)’s relatives and friends, moving, and addressing lots of details, changes, and adjustments.


Are you feeling excited and overwhelmed at the same time?

Are you experiencing stress or/and conflicts with your fiance(e)?

Are you experiencing anxieties about getting married?


If you are having some of these thoughts, there are ways that we can help support and guide you and your fiance(e) during your engagement period. In addition to counseling, we have assessment tools that can help you enhance your strengths and discover areas of growth in your relationship. In order to complete the assessment and go through the counseling process, premarital counseling typically takes about seven to eight sessions.

To get started, please contact Mercy and Hope Counseling to schedule an appointment.





Courtship counseling

Are you dating someone? Do you feel excited and worried at the same time? Are you overjoyed with finding the right person yet worried about the future of your relationship?

If you are having some of these thoughts, there are ways that we can help guide you and your special someone to get to know each other better. In addition to counseling, we have personality and character assessment tools that can help you learn more about each other.

To get started, please contact Mercy and Hope Counseling to schedule an appointment.





Adoption

Are you contemplating adopting a child? Are you in the process of adopting a child? Adoption is definitely a HUGH life-time commitment!

While adoption is an exciting and wonderful option to build a family, the adoption process can be overwhelming, exhausting, and stressful.

Whether you are pondering adoption or in the process of adoption or have already adopted, I am passionately here to support, listen and empathize with you.

Please contact Mercy and Hope Counseling to schedule an appointment.





Infertility

Are you a couple who wants to have a family? Are you a couple who is unfortunately dealing with the issue of infertility?

When the dream of being a parent vanishes, it can bring desperate feelings to the couple!

Feeling of anger, hopelessness, helplessness, unfairness and shame seems so unbearable!

If these kinds of negative feelings were not being dealt with properly, they could even pull the married couple apart, causing them to feel more depressed and lonely.

If you are struggling with infertility, I am passionately here to listen, support and guide you through this painful process.

Please contact Mercy and Hope Counseling to schedule an appointment.



Counseling Fee

$80/50 minutes

  • Fee of $80 for each individual counseling session of 50 minutes
  • Fee of $90 for each marriage/family counseling session of 50 minutes
  • Fee is due at the start of each session
  • A full session fee is charged if clients fail to cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment time.
  • An initial 15-minutes free consultation (phone) is available upon request.

Education and Training

  • Education:
    • Master of Arts Degree in Counseling, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, 2002
    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, 1988
  • Licenses and Certifications:
    • Professional Counselor Associate, active status, registered by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
    • Registered Nurse license, active status, licensed by the Oregon State Board of Nursing since 1989
    • Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (formerly known as Certified Diabetes Educator), certified by the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education
    • Certified Facilitator through the Prepare/Enrich Marriage Therapy Program
    • Certificate of Completion
      • Gottman Method Couples Therapy
      • Emotionally Focused Therapy (intensive course)

Is Counseling Right for Me?

Life is like a book with many different chapters!

In a lifetime, a person often experiences different chapters such as identity development, relationships, parenting, aging, career paths, and so on. For some, life’s chapters seem to sail smoothly by. While for others, these chapters can be stressful, painful, or even traumatic. There often may be surprising or unexpected events such as identity confusion, births, deaths, divorce, infertility, sickness, abuse, trauma, and so on.

When the load becomes too much to carry and turning a page is too hard to bear, counseling may be right for you. Counseling may be able to help you cope with the stress, pain, or trauma. Counseling may also give you skills that will help you maximize your potential.

If you are experiencing a difficult chapter in your life, Mercy and Hope Counseling is here for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment and start writing a new chapter of hope, healing, and happiness!

Instructions for an in person appointment

If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions below prior to coming, I kindly ask you to please stay home, get some rest and reschedule your appointment 24 hours in advance.

  1. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  2. Have you been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  3. Do you currently have a temperature above 100.4 F?
  4. Do you currently have a sore throat or cough?
  5. Are you currently experiencing shortness of breath or having difficulty breathing?
  6. Have you recently experienced a loss of taste or smell?

Mask-wearing and social distancing are required during the entire session!

When you arrive, I will check your temperature. If your temperature is 100.4F and above, you will need to reschedule your appointment

Instructions for a Telehealth appointment

A few days before your appointment, you will receive an email with a link to our virtual meeting.

You will need an internet connection and an electronic device with audio and visual capabilities.

On the day of your appointment (before your appointment time)

  • Find a quiet place with privacy
  • Connect to the virtual meeting
  • Spend a few minutes to relax your mind and body

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Contact Us

Melisa Ho

Mercy And Hope Counseling, LLC

Phone: (971) 331-9879
Email: melisaho@mercyandhopecounseling.com

Tigard location:
7000 SW Hampton Street
Suite 120
Tigard, OR 97223
Beaverton location:
330 SW Murray Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005