Mellany Flynn, Psy. D.
Dr. Flynn is a Michigan native who graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She then moved to Dayton, Ohio and earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 2004. Dr. Flynn moved to Little Rock in 2003 to complete her pre-doctoral internship at the Arkansas State Hospital and has been licensed in the state of Arkansas since 2005.
Dr. Flynn has worked in a variety of clinical settings including correctional facilities, community mental health centers, and group practice clinics. In 2007, she returned to the Arkansas State Hospital and served as the program director for one of the hospital’s forensic units and from 2008-2010, added to her role there by serving as the internship training director for the same pre-doctoral training program she completed four years earlier.
For the past 7 years, Dr. Flynn has been providing therapy to individuals and couples in a group practice setting and she is eager to continue this work at Alleviant. Dr. Flynn provides services to adults 18 and older and practices from a foundation of cognitive-behavior therapy, additionally drawing from humanistic and existential theories to best serve her clients. Dr. Flynn believes that the most significant factor for a successful therapy outcome is for the therapist and client to have a trusting, collaborative relationship. Dr. Flynn likens herself to a driver’s education instructor; someone who is there with the client as they learn to maneuver through difficult issues but who can point out roadblocks, distractions, and other barriers that can interfere with effectively navigating life’s challenges. Supporting, educating, and strategizing with the client, as well as pulling the emergency brake if necessary, are just some of the ways that Dr. Flynn helps clients reach their personal goals. Dr. Flynn also believes in the healing benefits of laughter and uses humor frequently in her sessions. Co-workers have commented to Dr. Flynn on more than one occasion that they love hearing the sound of laughter coming from her office.
Dr. Flynn is available to help clients who struggle with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, grief, relationship issues, etc. Dr. Flynn is LGBTQ friendly and open to working with clients from all backgrounds. She is also trained in group therapy and is excited about the potential opportunity to provide this treatment modality at Alleviant.
Dr. Flynn is married with two young sons. The family shares their home with their beloved cat, Abby.