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I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Healdsburg, CA.  I utilize many modalities, including Attachment- Focused EMDR, to help you live without the overwhelming charge of anxiety and depression, the effects of trauma, learn to navigate life transitions, or to cope with daily stress.  I am offering in-person and telehealth services at this time.

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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

Maya Angelou

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Reaching out is difficult, I am glad you are here.

Working with me:

I value the relationship that is built with each person that enters the room and I seek to build trust and safety with you.  The therapist-client relationship is unique and our relationship will be the foundation for change and set the stage for healing.  Clients who benefit most from my style are motivated to work toward a change and are open to the process of therapy.  You have made it to my page, you are taking the first step toward healing and growth. 

I am a client centered therapist who uses an integrative approach.  I pull from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness techniques, DBT Skills, and Attachment Focused EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to best support you.  The National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) cites EMDR as an evidence-based practice for treatment of PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms. You can learn more about EMDR on my “Resources” page.

I work with individuals who have experienced trauma, PTSD, panic disorder, performance anxiety or chronic low self-esteem. You may also be struggling with insecurities and confidence issues or life transitions that feel too overwhelming.  Traditional talk therapy and EMDR may be beneficial if you have experienced any of these challenges.


I have been a mental health provider in many settings, including in-home support, schools, and community counseling clinics.  I have experience working with a variety of populations including children, teens, adults, parents, women experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD), couples, and families. I have also worked with families involved with Sonoma County Family, Youth and Children's Services, Juvenile Probation, and as a Juvenile Diversion Counselor.   In addition to my private practice, I currently work as a Clinical Supervisor at SOS Community Counseling and Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic providing individual  supervision to Trainee and Associate therapists.

(707) 836-3774

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DBT Skills Course

Behavioral Tech, 2020

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Trained Therapist

 Completed EMDRIA approved EMDR Basic Training Parts 1-3, The Parnell Institute, 2019

SPR (Skills for Psychological Recovery) Provider

National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2018

Certified in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Medical University of South Carolina, 2012

Certified  Parent Project ® Facilitator

The Parent Project ®, 2016

Accredited in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

Standard Level 4 training, 2013


Master of Arts in Counseling, Sonoma State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of California, Davis


An EMDR Certified Therapist has engaged in at least 20 hours of consultation with an EMDR Consultant for EMDR and has practiced their skills with at least 25 different clients in at least 50 EMDR sessions. An EMDR Certified Therapist has voluntarily met standards of consultation, clinical practice, and continuing education to provide EMDR therapy. An EMDR Certified Therapist is committed to fulfill ethical standards and is engaged in continuing education. To maintain this certification, a therapist must continue to satisfy the EMDRIA requirement including completion of continuing education requirements and adherence to ethical standards.


California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)- Clinical Member 
CAMFT - Redwood Empire Chapter (RECAMFT) Member

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Full Member

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Free Consultation

The therapist-client relationship is imperative to your progress toward your goals in therapy, and you should pick someone you feel comfortable with and someone you feel understands you.  I am happy to provide a free 20-minute phone consultation to see if I might be a good fit for what you are looking for.  Call or email me today.

"Then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

~Anais Nin


Melissa is an Associate Therapist who works in my practice who also works from a relational, attachment oriented approach and is an EMDR trained therapist.  Please see below for more information about Melissa and feel free to reach out to her for a free consultation.


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Taking the first step towards healing inner wounds is not easy and you should not have to go through it alone. Therapy is a space for you to be seen, valued and heard.  My goal is to support you on your journey to understanding yourself , healing from the past and creating the life you want. Having worked with diverse identities groups, cultural narratives and trauma experiences, I believe I can offer a unique insight to bridge experiences that are difficult to sort through. I provide a non-judgmental space and unconditional positive regard, incorporating eclectic and evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy skills, and mindfulness. I like to bring in a client centered approach in the therapy room because there is no shame in asking for help or giving yourself the chance and space to process the hard feelings that are within you.

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Call Melissa @ (707) 395-5853

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What to expect

You may have many questions, if you don't find the answers here please call or email me!

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Typically, therapy works best when we meet on a weekly basis, at the same time.  Because you bring your own experiences, character, personality, strengths, and needs into the room, therapy looks different for everyone.  Therapy is a collaborative process and we will develop treatment goals together that will serve as the focus of our work. My role is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. In order to help you implement change, I may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process.  If we decide to utilize EMDR we will use the eight-phase treatment approach outlined here.  

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The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) has a great answer to this question on their website (  According to EMDRIA, "EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue, or homework between sessions. EMDR, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. Part of the therapy includes alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies."

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This depends on the person and what they are hoping to get out of therapy.  I will meet you where you are, meaning I don’t have an agenda or a preset amount of sessions that we will work together.  Sometimes people come to therapy for a specific issue they would like help problem solving and it can be accomplished in 4-6 sessions.  Other times, people seek therapy for a longer period of time.  I have seen clients for a few sessions up to a couple years.  Additionally, you may find that you want to take a break and come back when you need it again.

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My fee is $150 for a 50-minute session.  When doing an initial EMDR session I prefer to utilize 75 minutes and charge $175 for an initial 75-minute EMDR session.  

 You may pay by cash, check, or credit card.  Fees are collected at the beginning of each session.

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Are you struggling as a result of experiencing or witnessing trauma? Do you experience chronic low self-esteem, panic attacks, or performance anxiety? Has traditional talk therapy only gotten you “so far” in your healing?  Dr. Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., founder of The Parnell Institute, explains "EMDR therapy incorporates eye movements or other bilateral stimulation into a comprehensive approach that processes and releases information trapped in the mind and body, freeing people from disturbing images and body sensations, debilitating emotions, and restrictive beliefs."  I have completed the EMDRIA approved EMDR Basic Training Parts 1-3 through the Parnell Instutue and utilize their Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) protocol in my work.  If you are interested in utilizing this modality in conjunction with talk therapy, please don't hesitate to reach out for a consultation to see if this approach might be a good fit.  Please click the link below to gain a better understanding  of EMDR and AF-EMDR from The Parnell Institute.

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The Body Keeps the Score- Brain, Mind, and Body in Healing Trauma, Bessel Van Der Kolk

The Complex PTSD Workbook-A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control & Becoming Whole, Arielle Schwartz 

How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self, Dr. Nicole LePera

Getting Past Your Past, Francine Shapiro about using EMDR to resolve trauma

EMDR Made Simple, Jamie Marich

Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation, Laurel Parnell

Personal Development 

It’s Not Always Depression, Hilary Jacobs Hendel

The Power of Vulnerability, Brene Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brene Brown

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Edmund J. Bourne

The Empath's Survival Guide, Judith Orloff

Attached, Amir Levine & Rachel Heller

 Situation/stress-related symptoms or serious depression: What’s the difference?- An article from NAMI Advocate by Laura Strom

COVID-19 Resources

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

SAMHSA Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

Expert Margaret Wehrenberg shares tips for managing anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Resources for survivors of domestic violence - Futures Without Violence

YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline - (707) 546-1234

Sonoma County Behavioral Health COVID-19 Mental Health Warm Line - (707) 565-2652 (open seven days a week between 10AM and 7PM)

Mental Health Links

Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder

National Center for PTSD

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

EMDR International Association

1-800-SUICIDE - Available 24 hours

Sonoma County Crisis Services

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Healdsburg, CA, USA

(707) 836-3774

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