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Melissa Innocenzi, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Grief Intimacy Depression
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About me

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience. I hold a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas in art in 1991 as well as a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillip's Graduate Institute (California) in 2008. My post-graduate studies focused on client-centered therapy as well as narrative therapy and grief work. I have additional training on evidence based practices in grief recovery.

I have worked in a private practice and in clinics with clients with a wide range of issues, including; but not limited to grief recovery, relationship problems, anxiety, and depression. I have worked with children, adolescents, couples and adult clients.

It often takes courage to seek therapy. Congratulations on taking the first step. Together we will look for solutions and resources to help you with what you are going through.
My style of therapy is warm, solution-focused and interactive. I am a humanistic therapist who believes that you are the center of therapy. My approach is combine talk therapy with activities you will complete and bring back to therapy to reach your goals in both brief and long term therapy. Of course, if your preference is just talk therapy, we can focus on that solely.

I look forward to working with you.

Professional experience

23yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Grief Intimacy Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Attachment issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Mood disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

CA LMFT 38641


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melissa Innocenzi. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Melissa has been such a great therapist! After our first session I felt instantly better. She has really helped me through a difficult time in my life. I feel seen and heard after each of our sessions and I’m very thankful. She gives me great feedback and I love the resources she provides.

Written on Apr 04, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Melissa is amazing!

Written on Mar 26, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 4 weeks on issues concerning addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, and coaching

Melissa listens and offers tools to work overcome my issues.

Written on Mar 13, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and adhd

I feel heard by Melissa , she responds to me super quickly. I feel like she has my best interest in mind and I feel lucky for getting her as my therapist on the first try.

Written on Jan 20, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Great therapy !

Written on Jan 16, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

I have tried many therapists over the past couple years and Melissa is the first one who I feel like hears what I'm saying, understands it, and can help me in a way that is suited to my personality, needs and wants. She's also very encouraging, supportive, kind and yet professional. It was worth the perseverance through several bad fits to get to this one that is so well suited for my personal needs.

Written on Jan 15, 2024 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and compassion fatigue