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Connie Mele, MSN, RN, APRN, LCAS

Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist
Certified Mental Health/Addiction Clinical Nurse Specialist

I have been counseling for over 20 years. My practice is based on mutual trust and respect. I believe trust is built through honesty, warmth and authenticity. My counseling style is caring, open, engaging and collaborative. I believe in the innate goodness of every human being. It has been said, “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey but spiritual beings on a human journey.”

My goal is to provide a safe space for you to be able to explore your deepest pain and troubles. I believe it is only in the identification and processing of those issues we are able to let them go and move on with our lives. Together we will determine what is holding you back and how to remove those obstacles. I believe everyone is capable of change so they may live their best life.

Past positions have given me the opportunity to practice in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, The Dilworth Center, First Step Recovery Center, Amethyst, Atrium Health, Novant and Mecklenburg County Behavioral and Public Health Services.

On a personal note, I love to travel, enjoying beach sunrises and mountain sunsets, experimenting in the kitchen and writing letters. Spending time with family, friends, my husband Ron and our rescue dogs, Crystal and Mazie, are essential to my mental health.


Take good care,

Connie Mele

Awards and Special Recognitions

  • Clinical Innovation Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Life Time Achievement Award from the Mecklenburg County Crisis Intervention Team
  • Life Time Achievement Award from the NC Foundation on Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina
  • Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award from UNCC College of Health and Human Services
  • Award for Excellence in Administration and Clinical Innovation
  • The International Nurses Society on Addictions Administration and Management Award

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist (ANCC-0320374)
  • Certified Advanced Practice Addictions Nurse (4563)
  • Fellow International Academy of Addiction Nurses (FIAAN)
  • Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS-617)
  • Certified Nurse Executive (0138673)
  • Masters Degree in Psychiatric/ Mental Health/Addictions Nursing UNCC

Memberships and Committees Served

  • Addiction Professionals of North Carolina
  • International Nurses Society on Addictions
  • NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Assocation

Call for An Appointment

(704) 968-5174

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Appointment Hours

Flexible appointment times are available throughout the week for in-person or teletherapy sessions.

Monday-Sunday By appointment only

Connie Mele recognized in the April 2019 Information report by The American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Informational Report for American Psychiatric Nurses Association April 2019
Connie Mele, a Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), spent her more than 30 years in the field working to advance the treatment of addiction. Among her numerous accomplishments providing treatment to patients and teaching new PMH nursing students, Connie also stepped forward to address the challenges facing inmates struggling with mental health issues. Connie formed a Task Force of criminal justice officials to work together and develop an algorithm to identify appropriate jail diversion steps – from what police personnel can do when they encounter a person with mental illness or substance use disorders all the way to helping people struggling to find permanent housing. A new Crisis Intervention Team(CIT) Training Program was developed for police officers and detention personnel to better support those they encounter struggling with mental health, substance use and developmental disabilities. To date, more than 1,000 officers have been trained. This effort is another great example of an experienced PMH practitioner using the nursing process to identify a population in need and getting the right stakeholders to the table to successfully address a need in the community.