Melissa Christensen

(LCSW)

About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker in California with 10 years of experience. I have worked with clients who have a broad range of issues and mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and related issues, grief and loss/bereavement, family and relationship issues, and addictions. I have also worked with all ages. I consider myself to be a client-centric counselor, which essentially means that our work together will be a collaborative partnership where you are in the driver’s seat - I want to get to know you and what works or helps YOU the best. I also want to know what area/s you’d prefer to focus on and what your goals for therapy are so that I can be of utmost assistance and support to you.

In terms of treatment modalities, I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have had specialized trauma training. I also utilize elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness and meditation and other relaxation skills training with my clients. I tend to use an eclectic approach in which, again, I work to find what will be most useful and helpful for each individual client.

I realize it takes a lot of courage to take that first step and reach out for help. I’m here and ready to support you on your journey. I look forward to hearing from you!

*Please note, I am only currently available to provide messaging or live chat services at this time. If you are seeking phone or video sessions, please select a new counselor*


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

Licensing

LCSW #69616 (Expires: 2021-06-01)


Reviews

Written by E.R. on Jun 22, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and coping with life changes

Melissa has been a great help on my journey to healing .

Written by M.Y. on Jan 14, 2020 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

I’ve been through a few counselors in BetterHelp, and none of them were as responsible and felt as involved than Melissa. Thank you

Written by M.E. on Nov 06, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Melissa makes me feel very comfortable and confident in sharing what I'm going through.

Written by B.E. on Jan 20, 2019 after counseling with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Melissa is just the best! She is extremely supportive and helpful, and I look forward to hearing from her every day...

Written by S.E. on Aug 28, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, and anger

Melissa is an incredibly insightful, empathetic, responsive, intelligent, compassionate and skilled therapist. She has been so helpful and supportive to me in figuring out the complexities of my relationship with myself and my partner. I feel so grateful to have found someone who I connect with so much, feel supported by and respect.

Written by M.A. on Jul 04, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks

She is awesome! She listens very well and pays attention to your concerns. She responds with encouragement and gives helpful ideas, links to outside resources that may apply, and doesn't judge. I really appreciate what she has done and she doing for me.

Written by A.R. on Jun 16, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Melissa is a great therapist. She makes me feel comfortable when speaking to her and is genuinely concerned about helping you. I have been to therapy before and this is the first time I can really say I enjoy and look forward to therapy. She is knowledgeable in trauma and has good coping mechanism tips. I almost feel as if I’m talking to a friend in the level of comfort which is extremely important for me. I highly recommend Melissa as a therapist.

Written by R.E. on Jun 12, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and sleeping

Melissa is a phenomenal counselor-she's incredibly thoughtful and perceptive. She listens carefully ands responds consistently. I earnestly feel that her counseling helped me get through a very dark time much faster and in a much healthier way. I highly recommend her.

Written by P.A. on Apr 14, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Melissa is extremely easy to talk to and very intuitive. I felt like she really understood my complex thinking process and made a genuine effort to help me change it for the better.

Written by S.A. on Apr 02, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

Melissa has been amazing. I am so grateful to have her as my counselor. She understands, listens, is responsive and so caring. Not only is it great to have someone to vent to freely but to have someone who genuinely cares and wants to help and be there. I cant thank her enough.

Written by R.I. on Apr 01, 2018 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and bipolar

Melissa has been a huge part of starting my recovery to better mental health. Having her to help me talk through rough days, provide resources and understand my mental illnesses has been an extremely valuable tool and resource. I am very fortunate to have been matched with her and am thankful for her being there to support people like me.