October 6, 2020

Meet Melva

Our therapy practice is empowerment-based and our therapists are committed to helping survivors of intimate partner domestic violence and their families heal and grow. We wanted to get to know our incredible therapists a little more, so we asked them a few questions.

Meet Melva Moore, the Director of Mental Health Services at YWCA Spokane!

Photo by Kat Skye Photo

You’re called to be brave, but your fear is real, what do you do?
I reach out to my circle of people. They help ground me, validate my fears and help me do the next right thing.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Wakeboarding. I’ve attempted it before and I just end up getting a mouthful of water and laughing hysterically. Everyone looks like they’re having so much fun while doing it and there’s nothing more I love than sun and water!

Fill in the blank, “Therapy is _____.”
Therapy is incredibly hard work and incredibly rewarding.

What is something you learned in the last week?
Having a white table cloth is tricky when you’re obsessed with eating tomatoes.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
PE/Health Teacher.

Describe your favorite meal.
My mom is Colombian (and a vegetarian!) and would make the best Arroz con Pollo. It translates to chicken and rice, but it’s so much more than that. It’s comforting, warm, and fills your tummy up. When you eat it, it feels like you’re getting wrapped up in your favorite blanket. It’s the perfect meal.

What’s a concert you’ll never forget?
Am I allowed to pick three? Avett Brothers, Hozier or Mumford and Sons

What would you most like to tell your younger self?
If you just hang on a little longer, life gets much better.

If you were a cookie, what type would you be?
Salted chocolate chip cookies. Aside from being my favorite flavor combination, salted chocolate chip cookies are reliable with their flavor profile and have an added salty twist—just like me!

What are 3 words to describe YWCA Spokane?
Empowering, inclusive, healing

To learn more about Melva, the rest of our mental health therapy team, and our services, visit our website!

YWCA Spokane Is Here For You

If you or someone you know is impacted by intimate partner domestic violence, know that confidential advocates are always available through our 24hr helpline services by calling 509-326-2255, emailing help@ywcaspokane.org, or texting 509-220-3725.

To learn more about accessing additional services through YWCA Spokane during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit ywcaspokane.org/services.

By: Jemma Riedel-Johnson

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