Hello, I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California and have an online therapy practice. I completed my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in 2009. I have worked in various settings including outpatient, school-based, and residential, and have provided therapy to a diverse group of clientele on a wide-range of concerns.
I specialize in providing therapy to individuals, teens, couples and families who are struggling with life stressors, relationship concerns, parenting difficulties, depression, and anxiety.
I approach therapy by looking at each person as part of a larger family system. The way we each grow up influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors throughout our life. Some of these influences are positive and others can cause us difficulties and get in the way of the person we want to be and the relationships we want to have. I utilize a combination of CBT (Cognitive-Behavior-Therapy), Psychoeducation, and Mindfulness practices within my therapy in order to help my clients obtain knowledge and develop skills to assist them in difficult times.
I believe we all have the ability to grow and overcome our personal difficulties and life stressors to live the life we want to have. Therapy is a great tool to help one learn more about themselves and guide them to a better and happier self.
I’m excited to be on this journey with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Family of Origin Issues, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 52656
In the short time that I’ve worked with Melissa I’ve already seen a difference in my ability to cope with difficult situations. She seems to read my moms sometimes and can therefore give me practical and useable advice. Very happy with my experience!
Written on Jul 27, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions
Melissa is a great counselor, she has helped a lot in the short amount of time we have spent together.
Written on May 04, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management
She has done an excellent job of putting into perspective things I’ve been struggling with.
Written on Mar 12, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
I couldn't have been more lucky to have been matched with Melissa. Right away, she's engaged in finding the focus of what you want to work on and committed to laying a plan of action. She's cordial, timely and pleasant. You won't be disappointed with her!
Written on Feb 25, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes