I am a social worker licensed in California with 4 years of experience working as a medical social worker and clinician. I have assisted clients with concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, chronic pain, and chronic illness among others. I have also worked with clients who just need someone to support them through challenging experiences, emotions, and life changes. My style is direct, positive, and warm with a focus on supporting clients but holding them accountable to their goals for treatment. You are coming here to gain the tools and understanding to deal with something in your life and I would love to be your partner in that! I believe in helping clients to build their mental toolbox to address current issues and be better prepared to meet new challenges with confidence throughout the rest of their lives. My holistic approach includes techniques and components of cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and humanistic therapies combined with motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and other interventions as needed to address each client's concerns individually . I also have additional training in grief and bereavement, cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and acceptance and commitment therapies. I will structure our sessions and treatment plan to meet your needs and goals so we can address what brings you to this platform together. My clients say I am easy to open up to, genuine, and a good listener. I would love to connect with you to help you through your current season of life and whatever challenges you are currently facing.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Communication Problems , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Money and Financial Issues , Self-Love , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
LCSW #101322 (Expires: 2023-04-30)
It has been amazing working with Melissa over the last couple months! It really makes an immense difference having a therapist who 'gets' you and is able to meet you where you are at, both on a micro scale and on a macro scale. Best therapist I've had, and has helped me work through many issues. Can't recommend her enough.
Melissa has immediately been helpful to me. Very direct and straightforward, understands what I am saying, is compassionate, and gives specific advice that I find useful.
Melissa makes me feel valid and heard.
Working with Melissa has been my first experience with therapy and her guidance has completely changed my perspective on so many aspects of my life that I was previously struggling with. We work through relationship issues, professional struggles, and general anxiety and stress. She has given me the tools to tackle these problems head on, and I have seen a significant decrease in anxious episodes since utilizing her expertise and tools. I’m so appreciative to have Melissa working with me, especially as someone new to therapy, I know it’s something I look forward to continuing to work on throughout my life. Melissa listens closely and always responds with grace and understanding while giving awesome advice and perspective that allow me to see my own experiences in a new way. Thanks for everything, Melissa!
Melissa was incredibly helpful in listening to me during one of the darkest moments of my life. Working with her made me realize how important mental health is to ones well being, and how important getting help can be. I highly recommend.
Melissa is kind and patient. She allows me to lead our discussions while still providing the necessary guidance. She is a joy to work with through both the peaks and valleys of life.
Melissa is so kind and gentle in her words. She really helps put things in perspective.
Melissa is such a gift in my life. She has helped me cull through trauma in my past without making me feel like I am broken or unfixable. She is caring, thoughtful, and quick to respond to any message or journal entry I share with her. 15/10 would recommend!
You are great and supportive. I appreciate your flexibility when it comes to sessions and ways of meeting.
I've been extremely happy with my sessions with Melissa. She is blunt yet supportive. I feel like I'm talking with a trusted friend.
Ms Coulson is a true treasure. I had tried a few different counselors through this site and been disappointed. Ms. Coulson,on the other hand, made me feel seen and heard and understood. She shows up in a very heart forward, client centered way. She is also clearly a very knowledgeable and skilled grief counselor. Anyone would be lucky to work with her.
I love how positive, supportive, and understanding Melissa is. She really cares about me and seeing me through to achieving my goals! I’m looking forward to taking better care of myself with her by my side.
I feel very comfortable to speak to her
Melissa is awesome. She offers great suggestions and advice. She's been helping me come up with self care routines that I never even knew about. Thanks to Melissa, I'm seeing positive changes to my life!