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One-on-One Therapy or Walk and Talk

When we’re really struggling, our loved ones can’t always provide the support we need.  You’re courageously considering making a change.  Let’s collaborate to regain your flow.  One-on-one therapy is appropriate for individuals needing focused attention to work through situations and symptoms.

Learn techniques to pause and better observe your responses to stress.  

Identify values and priorities to live your best life.

Use science-backed strategies to effect change in your relationships, work, and hobbies.

What issues do I address?

Anxiety helps motivate us, but too much anxiety can hinder us in many areas of life.  You’ll practice skills to calm and better understand worries.

Do you lay awake at night, ruminating about mistakes or worrying about the future?  You’ll work through strategies for nourishing sleep.

Do you feel distant from friends and family? Does self-doubt get in the way of making requests or setting boundaries?  you’ll learn tools for effective self-expression.

In the stress of self-criticism, it’s sometimes hard to see the big picture.  You’ll focus on habits that help you live more in line with the exquisite person you are.

What approaches to therapy do I use?

Gain perspective, practice skills, and build a sense of enjoyment through drama, drawing, movement, and writing

Learn skills to accept and better manage overwhelming emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Pivot away from life-draining responses and toward life values.

With compassion, approach the parts of you that react to stress in a way that no longer serves you.

Formats:

Contact me to book a free, 15-minute consultation.  This is an initial opportunity to ask questions and begin to identify goals.  In our first session or two, we will get to know your hopes and struggles.  In subsequent sessions, you may need to talk through an issue, learn a coping strategy, or practice forms of expression.  

Online Therapy

Meet with me in the comfort of your own home via the Zoom platform.  In my experience, online sessions are just as effective as in-person and they’re more accessible for convenient for some clients.

Walk and Talk Therapy

Are you someone who thinks on your feet or feels more comfortable sharing while moving? You may benefit from walking therapy sessions. I will meet you at a San Francisco park, where we may walk a trail or pause to practice a skill.

Cost:

I am an out-of-network provider for PPO insurance plans.  Every four weeks, I will provide you with a super-bill including the information required to submit to your PPO for potential reimbursement.  Most insurance companies reimburse a percentage of the cost of your therapy sessions, according to your plan’s benefits package. The fee for Online Therapy is $200 and Walk-and-Talk is $225, paid prior to each session.  I accept Venmo, PayPal, or Zelle.  If you are currently experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please call or go to your closest emergency department or call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Some of my clients and colleagues have said:

5/5

I’m a psychiatrist and clinical director who has known Melissa and her work closely for more than a decade. Melissa does excellent work and I trust her and recommend her without hesitation as a skilled and devoted therapist. She will support and be there for you throughout your journey in therapy.

 

ALLA

5/5
Melissa has a wonderful way of facilitating groups. She's able to hold the group in a way that one feels emotionally safe, heard, and not judged but also keeps room for play and laughter. Melissa holds the rare ability to hold the hard stuff and invite playfulness too. I've experienced her facilitating style in a workshop setting. She is able to expertly guide her participants through expressive arts experiences that are not only fun but insightful. I can't recommend Melissa highly enough.
Laura Lou
5/5
I appreciate how well Melissa really listens and, not only listens, but offers positive feedback. She is very aware of when I'm feeling low or not 100% there. She brings creative outlooks that allow me to think.
HARVEY

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You can also reach me at [email protected] or by texting or leaving a voicemail at 415 940 3881.