Shandy Melson is the Clinical Director at the Vance Johnson Recovery Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has worked in health care for 19 years, the last nine of which he has been providing treatment for substance use disorders and mental health disorders. During that time, he has learned a lot about evidence-based addiction recovery strategies, and he’s excited to use that knowledge to help our patients.
Shandy is passionate about providing quality care for the people we serve. That’s why he’s licensed to provide mental health counseling (with a specialization in mood disorders and trauma) and holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor Supervisor.
His goal as Clinical Director is to collaborate with his coworkers to develop unique and effective programs that maximize our clients’ chances of success. This means considering their unique needs, their goals for treatment, and other personal factors that impact the kind of care each patient needs.
He also advocates for our clients’ rights by listening to any concerns or issues they face during treatment. There is no way to avoid 100% of conflicts, but he can step in and find long-term solutions that address issues and stop them from reappearing in the future. In this way, he takes minor hiccups and changes them into small steps along the path to recovery.
The stories that arise from newfound recovery inspire him and remind him of why he became a counselor in the first place. While each patient’s experience is different, it’s always interesting to see the same threads of addiction in each story. It reminds him how he needs to treat each patient differently while employing the same addiction recovery skills that he has picked up throughout his career in this field.
In addition to his other responsibilities, he works to reduce the stigma of addiction and mental illness in our community. By helping people find recovery, we affect the individual, their family, and the community at large.