Melanie Fikse


About Me

I imagine that if you are here, you are tired of feeling this way.  You may be stuck and unsure how to feel different.  You may have tried so many ideas already and none of them have worked! It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with 10 years of experience working with adults. I utilize a trauma-informed approach and through this lens, can assist you with concerns including stress, anxiety, depression, grief, childhood and adult trauma, Bipolar Disorder, and personality disorders.  My approach to therapy is client-centered, collaborative, and strength-based. You will sense my warmth, passion for my work, and feel seen and heard. I consider it a privilege to come alongside you and support people as they navigate life's many challenges and joys.  I believe that each of us has the inner strength necessary to grow and heal and value the work with clients to find and utilize these strengths.

I earned my Masters Degree from New York University in New York City, and worked many years there in a community mental health clinic  providing therapy to underserved populations.  I have worked in California for many years now, based out of a rural community, where I can find calm and healing in the quiet and trees.

People find me to be compassionate and down to earth, but also able to provide practical skills and interventions. I am skilled in the use of many therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR, psychodynamic interventions, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness and meditation.  I am very comfortable working with significant trauma histories and am allied with the LBGTQ community.

I look forward to hearing more of your story and working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Codependency , Emptiness , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPCC #3363 (Expires: 2022-05-31)


Written by Z.O. on Dec 17, 2020 after counseling with Melanie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

She has such a kind voice, tone, and way of handling things. She is supportive and a great listener. She makes me feel listened too and I look forward to talking with her.

Written by L.A. on May 30, 2020 after counseling with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I am really enjoying having Melanie for guidance, feedback, and input on my mental health journey. I respect her thoughtful approach and professionalism.