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Melinda Pettingill, LCSW

Director of clinical services

801.467.7282 ext 214 |

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Melinda Pettingill received a BS in Social Work from Brigham Young University in 2004 and an MSW from the University of Utah in 2006 prior to becoming a licensed clinical social worker.  Melinda is the Clinical Director at the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City and worked at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute and the YWCA of Utah prior to joining the RRC in 2014.  Melinda’s training and professional experience has centered on Trauma focused Cognitive approaches to understanding and working with the human psyche.  Melinda is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Focused Family Therapy, and Internal Family Systems work.  Most of Melinda’s post-graduate work has focused on Mindfulness and Trauma specific treatment modalities.  Melinda has previously worked as an adjunct instructor teaching Clinical and Policy focused social work courses at Salt Lake Community College, Westminster College and the University of Utah. 

Melinda’s personal philosophy on trauma work and wellness emphasizes stabilization techniques developed primarily in Western psychology combined with Eastern spiritual practices for understanding and working with the psyche.  Melinda’s experience in psychotherapy has taught her that mindful attention to our inner life yields healing and the ability to approach compassionate living that allows us to free ourselves from suffering. Additional information about Rape Recovery Center programs and services can be found here.