I help people.

About Melissa

I have had over 25 years of professional experience and training to come alongside people as they desire to grow personally, professionally, and in their relationships. In addition to my formal training, I have had many personal experiences that forced me to gather up the courage to enter into the unknown and embrace the vulnerability and growth that change and loss can provide. 

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Whether you are in crisis or just need a coach through your current life stage, I can help. I know the pain of a failing relationship, I know the joy of a thriving one. I know the feeling of hitting mid-life and wondering, “What now?”. I know grief and I know loss. I know divorce, I know marriage. I know parenting and step-parenting. I know challenge and fear, but I also know joy and success - and I can help guide you through the challenges to the growth and promise that lie ahead.

I have a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from San Diego State University and obtained my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) professional certification in 1999. I am currently employed as a clinical social worker at St Joseph Hospital, in addition to my private practice. 

I am a Gottman Method Couples Therapist (level 2) and a Dr. Brene’ Brown Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, located in Santa Ana, CA.  I am an LCSW with over 25 years of experience helping people navigate relationship issues, grief, loss, and adjustment to other major life transitions such as relationship crisis, divorce, adoption, transition to parenthood, chronic illness and mid-life changes. 

My style integrates a variety of approaches, such as Gottman Method Couples Therapy, client-centered, and cognitive-behavior therapy. I am strongly psycho-educational, which means I teach my clients and equip them with tools to help themselves. And I am very action oriented, as I work with couples and individuals to identify unhealthy relational and thought patterns, so that they can create meaningful and satisfying relationships and progress towards life goals. I believe that we must have some understanding of how our past experiences have shaped us and their influence on our current lives, so I help people integrate this crucial understanding to sustain healthy relationships that will give the connection, joy, and belonging that we all need to thrive.