United Healing Center was founded in honor of Reece Gabriel Vallee, the son of Melanie Vallee, LMHC. A single mother, Melanie and her children were like millions of people in the world suffering from the devastating effects of unresolved complex childhood trauma. The lack of education and resources available made it difficult for her and her children to access the support they needed to understand their pain and to thrive. Three months after Melanie’s son graduated from WSU, three days after his 26th birthday, and three months prior to COVID-19, Reece Gabriel tragically passed from an accidental overdose of fentanyl. He needed more than one single mother could offer. He needed a community and a society that understood addiction and mental health and cared enough to ensure he and others had access to support. He needed a culture that cared enough to create safety for mothers and their children. Melanie and UHC’s mission is to save the lives of our children and loved ones.
Reece Gabriel means "Enthusiastic Messenger", and Melanie believes his message was one of unconditional love, tolerance, diversity and grace. All of our loved ones who have died from addiction, overdose, mental health, and suicide are sending very clear messages that we need to unite and care enough to transform our understanding and treatment of trauma.
We are working with transdisciplinary research and development teams to establish a nationwide standardized treatment model for emotional trauma and addiction recovery.
Melanie Vallee founded United Healing Center to help bridge the gap between mental health, trauma, addiction, and spirituality. She recognized that in order to address the American mental health crisis, all forms of trauma needed to be addressed, including personal, social and ecological. Melanie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor in Washington State. She owns and operates Eastside Counseling Center in Kirkland, WA. She holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Counseling and Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She is currently in a Ph.D. program developing a new integrative model for transforming depression, addiction and suicidality through the healing power of water.