Therapy

 A safe non-judgmental environment that allows my clients to identify and clarify specific concerns & goals.

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Clinical Supervision

For associate professionals looking to obtain hours towards their licensure goal.

School Based Mindfulness Program

In partnership with CHILL Sacramento.

Clinical Consultation

For new/seasoned therapist looking for additional support.

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Christian Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Couples
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based

How do I know if therapy is right for me?

When deciding if therapy is right for you the main thing to consider is “Do I need additional help with problem-solving techniques to help with stressors, even if they aren’t dramatically life-altering or traumatic. Therapy can help with relationships, behavior concerns, academic and learning concerns, depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting, self-esteem, grieving and healing after loss. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy?

Why do I need a therapist? Why can’t I just talk to a friend or a family member?

A friend or family member is not professionally trained to help you grow, heal and change. My 15 years of clinical experience can help you create practical, effective coping skills and interventions that compliments the support of friends and family.

How does therapy work?

 I respect the importance of starting where my client is. A pivotal factor in my work with clients, is to provide a safe non-judgmental environment that allows my clients to identify and clarify specific concerns & goals. As a therapist, I respect my clients’ personal values and beliefs. I feel blessed & privileged to be a part of this process for my clients. 

How long are the sessions?

The average session is between 45-60 minutes, depending on specific needs. All session can be adjusted to a longer session.

Sessions typically start with a weekly session. Through collaborative discussion, we will decide whether to transition to bi-weekly, monthly or extend as needed for your therapy goals.

Testimonials: Family Therapy

“We love Melissa!! She came into our lives at just the right time. It seemed life had backed us against the wall without a way out. I contacted Melissa when my daughter was suffering from a form of abuse from her father, emotional and physical. During this time we were also working through mild forms of ADHD with my daughter. From the moment we entered her office, my daughter and I felt safe. She created a relaxed environment where we could openly discuss the overwhelming emotions we were experiencing. She worked with us as a mother and daughter family and individually, through trained techniques, discussion topics and guidance in areas of positive communication. During our sessions, the emotional burdens began to lighten and we had hope and were challenged (in a good way) to move above our circumstances, take responsibility for the things we could change and became stronger. It’s been over 10 years that we have remained in contact with her. Many times it is just to share how well our lives are going and other times to work through a matter. As we look back, we can pinpoint moments of great insight, understanding and timely guidance. Melissa is a professional, she draws out the best in you and helps to unveil the potential you have inside to overcome the greatest challenges. She reminded my daughter and I of the gift we have of each other. Counseling is a way to talk to the middle of your circumstances and find what is truth and what is not. Also, counseling is a journey and not a quick fix, it takes courage, vulnerability and honesty to be open to new ways of looking at yourself and be willing to change patterns, old ways of thinking, forgive, stand up for yourself, trust again and believe you can be whole. We would not have wanted any other professional to guide us along this journey. Thank you with all our hearts Melissa!!” We are forever grateful.

Mae

Mother

“Ms. Melissa is a very kind-hearted person who has gotten me through a lot of things in my life. She has taught me a lot of things to help better myself with school and my personal life. She means a lot to me and I would like to thank her for all her help.”

Autumn

Daughter

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