Melodie Simmons, MS, LPC, CEDS-S, ACHE is licensed in Arizona as a Professional Counselor, registered supervisor on the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist – Supervisor, and an American College of Healthcare Executives member. She will receive her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration in May 2023.
Melodie has worked in multiple capacities in behavioral health since 2008 and in leadership since 2013. She specializes in trauma-informed care and the treatment of maladaptive behaviors. Melodie is passionate about hope, healing, and recovery from a holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit. She is honored to walk beside those impacted by the pain and chaos of mental illness and substance abuse. Melodie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Melodie is a highly accomplished leader. Before joining Soul Surgery, she successfully implemented an efficacious addiction recovery program in a world-renowned treatment facility and continued to implement this program in several other treatment facilities. Melodie is passionate about growth and development and uses the most current evidence-based practices. She has successfully expanded treatment facilities and programs throughout her career.
Melodie is the 2023-2025 President for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) Phoenix Chapter and is the 2021-2023 Marketing Committee Chair. iaedp is a 501(c)3 that is well recognized for its excellence in providing quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professionals who treat the full spectrum of eating disorders. In addition, she serves on the iaedp national curriculum committee.
Melodie was born and raised in Alaska and moved to Arizona in 2012. She is the wife of a retired United States Army combat veteran who completed several tours during OIF/OEF. She is a mother of 3 sons; the youngest are fraternal twins.