You deserve to live a life that is balanced, fulfilling & meaningful. With the stressors & pressures of our society, it can be difficult to navigate your life’s roadmap. Therapy gives you the tools to learn from your past, be mindful in the present & pave the way for a brighter future. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or other issues that interfere with your personal well-being, psychotherapy can help you access your innate ability to heal & thrive. I have 14 years' experience empowering individuals & couples impacted by grief, illness, trauma & addiction.
I use a psychodynamic approach & integrate modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, & somatic work to help clients move towards enhanced self-understanding, symptom reduction, & interpersonal well-being. I strive to always meet you where you are & incorporate a flexible & integrative approach to address a wide array of needs.
Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma or a change in health, I feel your struggle is a valiant one worthy of respect, understanding & compassion. I would be honored if you chose to take that first step towards wellness with me.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
VA LCSW 0904011528
Melissa has opened the door for me to be able to authentically participate in my own healing, despite difficult feelings which often rise to the surface. Her expertise and genuine interactions serve to validate my experience, challenge my thinking, and create space for developing self-love and self-acceptance.
Written on Nov 02, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and eating disorders
Melissa is helping me live a whole life
Written on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and adhd
Melissa is the best counselor I've ever had. She makes me feel heard, respected, valued, accepted, and safe. She is truly a wealth of knowledge and every session I learn something new. I feel so lucky that I matched with Melissa.
Written on Sep 30, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
I highly recommend M Torres. She is incredible at her job, and she broke down walls that I never even known I had put up. She takes time to get to the root issues and helps empower you. I feel like I was a completely different person before I met her, and I’m so thankful for her. 10/10 recommend!!
Written on Aug 22, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
My therapist had made me enjoy therapy unlike my past therapist and she is very kind and her self during our sessions. She has helped me through a lot and I really appreciate her.
Written on May 31, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues
Words can't express my gratitude for Melissa. She is the perfect mix of personable and professional. She was great at reading me and offering various tools to help navigate my challenges. I can't speak highly enough of her.
Written on May 26, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue