Melanie Wells founded Lifeologie Institute (previously The LifeWorks Group) in 1999 to offer clients a fresh, innovative approach to the everyday problems of life. Since that inauspicious beginning (we had two pleather chairs, a broken copier, and about $7 in the bank) she and her collaborative team have trained hundreds of interns and helped tens of thousands of families in the DFW area and across the US.
In addition to her work at Lifeologie, Melanie is the founder of Lifeologie Franchising and LISPY, the Lifeologie Institute School for psychotherapeutic yoga. She is also the founder and chairman of the board of The DAWG Project – Dallas Animal Welfare Group – a 501(c)3 dedicated to the welfare of Dallas pets and their people.
Melanie specializes in couples and marital therapy – particularly last-ditch marriage counseling. She enjoys taking on the trickiest, stickiest relationship issues after couples have all but given up. She also works with a variety of other issues, including spousal abuse, women’s issues, codependency, and divorce recovery.
Melanie works in our Dallas office, where she serves as Lifeologie’s clinical director, overseeing cases and consulting and collaborating with the entire staff on a weekly basis – in addition to being available for intern consults 24/7, as are all senior clinicians at Lifeologie. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a clinical fellow of the American Counseling Association, and an approved LPC and LMFT supervisor.
After growing up in the Texas panhandle in a family of musicians, Melanie attended SMU on a music scholarship (she’s a fiddle player), graduated with an English degree, and headed for graduate school. While studying theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, she took her first counseling course and was hooked. She later helped found and develop DTS’s MA in Biblical Counseling program and taught in the counseling department there. She holds an MA in Biblical Studies from DTS as well as a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she also taught as a member of the adjunct faculty.
Melanie still plays a mean fiddle and is the author of several best-selling novels, including the acclaimed Dylan Foster trilogy — When the Day of Evil Comes, The Soul Hunter, and My Soul to Keep (Random House). She is the proud parent of two of our therapy dogs, Gunner and George, and a frequent foster parent to Dallas Animal Shelter dogs.