I help people.

About Melissa

I have had over 26 years of professional experience and training to come alongside people as they desire to grow personally, professionally, and in their relationships. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialization in relationship counseling using the Gottman Method, a science based therapeutic approach that is proven to help heal and strengthen marriages and romantic 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 vulnerability and growth that change and loss can provide. 

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Whether your relationship is in crisis or you just need an assist through a difficult time in your lives, I can help you find a road map to a healthy and happy relationship. 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.  

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 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.