Marriage & Family Therapist
M.A. Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
B.S. Biological Sciences, Stanford University
AREAS OF FOCUS:
Grief & Loss
Melanie (Mimi) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 96415), a pastor’s wife and mother of two. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from Santa Clara University. Her B.S. in Biological Sciences is from Stanford University. Her prior work experience includes church ministry and biotech research.
She works with individuals, couples, adolescents, children, and families on issues including: Anxiety, Depression, Anger, and Grief/Loss Career transitions, work stress, professional development, and identification of life purpose Cross Cultural and Inter-generational Communication Stress Management and Chronic Health Issues Ministry sustainability, avoiding burnout Women’s issues, including motherhood, strained friendships, and infertility Parenting and Marriage Conflicts Mimi leads on-going weekly groups for Social Skills Training (ages 9-13), Exploring Issues of Motherhood, and Ministry Leaders Care and Support Group.
Mimi has prior clinical experience and training from Youth and Family Services at City of Fremont’s Family Resource Center working as a community-based and school-based therapist. She also worked at the Career Development Center at Stanford University helping individuals and leadership teams find their strengths and overcome obstacles. Her approach tailors Cognitive-Behavorial, psycho-education and other evidence-based theories to her clients’ needs.
Mimi has a passion for preventative mental health, helping to address both the sources and symptoms of psychological and emotional problems. She creates a warm, relaxed environment that helps clients and families find a fresh perspective and new resources. Incorporating fun and a sense of humor, she enjoys working collaboratively to discover creative ways to facilitate peace and healing. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists since 2005.