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Melissa Alexander, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in CA More info Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, LMFTs, are mental health professionals trained in family systems who can diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

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Hi there, I'm Melissa!

My name is Mel Alexander (They/Them) and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Registered Art Therapist practicing in Southern California. I believe in a person-centered approach, and love to incorporate art and creativity into sessions when possible!

My approach

I use a mixture of modalities in my work. I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and Internal Family Systems. I like to utilize these theories through the lens of Art Therapy. First and foremost I believe in a person-centered approach.

My focus

I work with adults and adolescents who are working with stage of life transitions and struggles; along with those who are working with anxiety and depression. I am LGBTQ+, polyamorous, and sex/kink friendly. I also have experience working with grief and eating disorders.

My communication style

I work hard to create a calm and judgment free environment for my clients. My hope is that my clients feel comfortable and engaged in sessions. I enjoy presenting myself as a person working with another person, not just as a "blank slate".

My journey to mental healthcare

I love working in the therapy field. Therapy was such an important resource in my own life and something that helped me to heal. I continue to work with my own therapist to this day. I was lucky enough to work with a non profit that promoted art as a method of healing, and after witnessing that, I am so excited to be able to offer that form of healing and expression to my own clients.

My goals for you

When it comes to goal setting, I want to work in collaboration with my client to set goals that they feel passionate about and that they feel they can realistically achieve. I work to guide my clients towards understanding what goals might be important for them and how we can work together to achieve them.

My first session with you

For the first session with me, clients should expect to go over legal and ethical protocol, RULA policies, as well as answering questions to the client's comfort level. This first session will give clients and I a chance to see how we can work together.

About Melissa

Specialities

  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief
  • Job Stress
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

Methods

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Existential
  • Expressive Arts
  • Grief Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based
  • Narrative
  • Solution Focused
  • Trauma Focused

Practice

License

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) More info Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, LMFTs, are mental health professionals trained in family systems who can diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

Accepted insurance providers

  • Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA, Blue Shield of CA, Carelon, Cigna, Decent, Kaiser Permanente (Southern Ca), MHN, Optum, and Tricare West

Languages spoken

  • English

Allyship

  • LGBTQIA+ aligned

Education

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy/ Clinical Art Therapy - Loyola Marymount University (05/2018)

Session Information

  • Video session
  • 60 minutes

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