About Me

Melissa Amaya, LCSW- Founder


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose office is located in Wesley Chapel/State Road 56 (just north of Tampa). I  relocated to Florida from New Jersey in 2006. I received my bachelors degree in Social Work from Monmouth University in New Jersey and my masters in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City. It was at Fordham University that I earned a Specialization in Child and Family Therapy.


I have 29 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings. These settings consisted of Hospice, Psychiatric Crisis Screening, both inpatient and outpatient programs and private practice. I specialize in Children and Families and am very committed to these particular populations. I have seen and worked intimately with families who are in crisis, that could have benefited from earlier intervention. Had these individuals been able to access services from the onset, perhaps their needs would not have been as critical. Having had the opportunity to experience supports at an earlier time would also have been less traumatic and damaging for all family members.


I enjoy working with children and assisting them in identifying specific areas of concern along with teaching them life skills and supporting them in Personal Development. I have a proven success record of working with a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, adjustment disorders, grief, developmental delays and learning disabilities.


I see children from ages two thru adult along with individuals, couples and families. I am passionate about my work and believe that this is not just a career choice but a way of life. I believe it is essential to provide all clients with a safe, confidential, positive and nurturing environment in which they can feel safe and supported with addressing areas of concern.


Helping others to achieve all that they desire out of life is my passion. I created As We Grow Counseling to provide an opportunity for others to have a safe and confidential place to share and grow. As the saying goes "Life is not about finding yourself but creating yourself".- George Bernard Shaw

"Where Growth Is Supported And Encouraged For All Ages........"  

Telephone Number (813) 838-4807