I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology. I have been working as a therapist since 2013.
I have experience working with different ages, ethnicities, SOGIE and socio economics. In my time as a therapist I've worked with a wide range of.concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, and communication issues.
My main focus is to create a space to feel heard and supported. I start with a Client Centered approach to develop the connection and help you feel safe.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 110498
Melinda has changed my entire life in the short period of time of knowing her . She makes me feel safe and comfortable and especially heard . I recommend Melinda to anybody getting into therapy or scared to start .
Written on Aug 18, 2023 after therapy with Melinda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management
Melinda is a very kind hearted and understanding person. She helped me understand the trauma I had experienced was real. It answered so many questions for me. She believed in everything I said, and never made me feel small or unimportant. I truly appreciate the support that she has given me.
Written on Jan 15, 2023 after therapy with Melinda for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd
I enjoy the positive feedback and reflection of my progress each session as a friendly reminder of my growth
Written on Aug 17, 2022 after therapy with Melinda for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Written on Jul 31, 2022 after therapy with Melinda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I really enjoy meeting with Melinda, she is of Christian faith as am I and I enjoy incorporating the Bible/ The word in with my therapy. I also like the fact that she checks in with me weekly to see how I am doing. She is invested in her patients and their growth.
Written on Dec 22, 2021 after therapy with Melinda for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management
Melinda is very responsive, very caring and not afraid to confront you on things she feels like you are avoiding. She challenges you to tackle your problems and gives you so many tools as well as worksheets to help track/ manage whatever you need help with the most. She is so kind and caring I truly look forward to every session. She has made seeking therapy not such a scary word or thing to do.
Written on Oct 01, 2021 after therapy with Melinda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management