Melissa Affolter

Counselor, Director of Content & Green Team Coordinator 


Melissa has served in counseling and women's discipleship for over twenty years, in local church settings and non-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor's degree in History and previously worked as a teacher, curriculum writer, and research editor. In 2011, Melissa completed her MA in Biblical Counseling at The Master's University and has received further training with the Global Trauma Recovery Institute and CCEF. She also serves as a board member of the Christian Trauma Healing Network.

Melissa facilitates the ReStoried women's support groups for those recovering from abuse and trauma. She has been a conference speaker, blog contributor, and podcast guest with PeaceWorks, Help[H]er, and the Christian Trauma Healing Network. She also provides seminars and workshops regularly on abuse and trauma, ministry burnout, and counselor development. Melissa’s desire to walk alongside those who are suffering or struggling has been an overflow of seeing God's rich grace of healing and restoration poured out in her own life. 

Melissa delights in exploring the outdoors and local coffee shops.



B.A., History
M.A., Biblical Counseling                                 

Certified Christian Trauma Care Provider - Level 1


Abuse and trauma recovery, pastoral/ministry care, emotional and relational health, sexuality


Green, Remote


Weekend Word | Promoting Love

Many of the proverbs are known for providing punchy truths that are intended to be life principles on the path toward wisdom. They offer us a wide variety of applications when we find ourselves facing a difficult life circumstance or navigating the complexities of a fractured relationship.⁣

Grief and Our God

Grief is something I can count on as sure as I can count on the darkness setting in each night. As a counselor, grief is attached to many of the circumstances that bring people into my office. Whether it’s the grief of an unexpected loss, the sorrow of a broken marriage, or the sadness of a desire unfulfilled.

Prayer in the Process of Change

One of the most straightforward, and yet most easily overlooked tools we have in the process of change is prayer. Perhaps that sounds overly simplistic, and it may be depending on the complexities of one’s troubles.

Thanks & Thanksgiving

Our thankfulness must be rooted in the hope Jesus won for us at the cross, not in the status of our current circumstances. When we form our gratitude around the shape of eternity rather than the hardships and heartaches of today, we will see our thankfulness multiplied.

Reflections From the CCEF Conference

Last week the Fieldstone team had the opportunity to join with hundreds of other counselors and ministry leaders in Greensboro, North Carolina for the annual CCEF conference. Fieldstone’s Executive Director, Jonathan Holmes, currently serves on the CCEF Board of Directors, and was featured as one the speakers at the conference. 

Our Counseling Team

Dave AbernethyCounselor

Melissa AffolterCounselor

Hyemin BahkCounseling Apprentice

Benjamin BakerCounselor

Benjamin BarnesCounselor

Grace BikisCounselor

Karen BrooksCounseling Apprentice

Steve BroughtonCounselor

Richard BueschCounselor

Joshua ConwellCounselor

Karen CorcoranCounselor

Barry CuretonCounselor

Rachel DunnCounselor

Jason EnglerCounselor

Jessica GallinaCounselor

Brenda HarstineCounselor

Jonathan HolmesCounselor

Joy HuCounselor

Laura HudsonCounselor

Joseph HussungCounselor

Sarah KeeneCounselor

Crystal KershawCounselor

Jonathan KimCounseling Apprentice

Julie MacDonaldCounselor

Mandie MarshallCounseling Apprentice

Shannon McCoyCounselor

Clair NorthcuttCounseling Apprentice

Sarah QuayCounseling Intern

Elizabeth SelleCounselor

Sarah Shaw OjedaCounselor Apprentice

Bob ShullCounselor

Lori TanakaCounseling Apprentice

Kali ThomasCounselor

Ian TullyCounselor

Marilyn VaughanCounselor

Anna WalkerCounselor

Danielle WareCounselor

Taylor WestCounselor

Brandi YackeeCounselor


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