Melanie Stauffer, M.A.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
LMFT 84737
(650) 394-7455

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M.A. Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
B.A. San Francisco State University

Adoptive Families
Blended Families

Family of Origin Issues
Grief & Loss
Interpersonal Relationships
Spiritual Issues

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with five years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families in my private practice. I have over 18 years of experience working with at-risk adolescents and families in the system, and work with first responders, veterans, and individuals suffering from grief and loss due to chronic illness, infertility and due to the loss of a loved one or pet. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, codependency, adult children of addicts/alcoholics, parenting problems, career challenges, and issues with shame and low self-esteem. I also help many people who have experienced physical trauma, emotional abuse and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. My many years of experience working with people and my education have taught me how to be authentic, intuitive and empathetic.

I am supportive, warm and I create a safe space for my clients to share their thoughts and feelings without judgement. I treat my clients with respect, compassion, and I don’t believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach is eclectic and combines cognitive-behavioral, person-centered techniques, psychodynamic theory, and trauma-informed care. I also focus on identifying and fostering self-care in my client’s lives. I am a Christian therapist; however, I am very flexible with my clients and will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I am culturally sensitive and am adept at working with clients from all religious backgrounds.

Thank you for taking time to read my profile. I honor you for reaching out to seek guidance and to find what will make you happy in your life. Often, that means setting boundaries to put yourself first in order to find fulfillment in your life. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. It will be worth it!

I am here when you are ready. I look forward to hearing from you soon.