Meet Malissa Trojan, LCSW, CCTP
Prior to becoming a social worker, Malissa Trojan worked for a large company in the technology field. Although she appreciated the experience, she did not find it fulfilling. Through volunteering, she discovered that social work was a better fit.
“In social work, I was able to fully realize my passion for helping people and, for that, I am so grateful,” she says. “I have the honor of walking people through the path of healing and getting the most out of life. I love leaving work at the end of the day knowing that I may have helped someone make their life better.”
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) for Coquille Valley Hospital, she is involved in assessing, diagnosing and treating individuals suffering from emotional, mental and life issues. Malissa specializes in trauma and PTSD recovery, as well as healthy relationships and anxiety issues.
Compassionate and goal-oriented, Malissa believes that those who may be struggling can benefit greatly from positive support and education. By setting goals, she says, people discover where they are headed and how they can push on when they find themselves on a difficult path. Malissa works with those she helps to set realistic goals, so that they can become the best version of themselves.
“When people come to see me, I want them to feel safe, above all else,” she says. “I want them to know that they can tell me anything, without judgement and without fearing that I can’t handle it. I want people to feel important and cared about—because they are.”
Prior to working at Coquille Valley Hospital, she worked in a variety of settings, including community-based, home-based, school-based and private practice. She also worked at a substance abuse treatment center, focusing on trauma recovery.
Malissa has volunteered for the suicide prevention panel at the Detroit Police Department, the Red Cross of Southeast Michigan, Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado and many more organizations.
“When people in a community come together to support a common cause, it ties the community together in ways no other activity can,” she says.
Outside of work, Malissa enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, hiking, rock climbing, playing board and card games, cooking and crafting.