Meet with an experienced and caring therapist in Orange County, CA
Meet Melissa Mellon, LMFT (she/her/hers)
CA License: LMFT 40670
Deciding to begin the therapy process is an important and life-changing decision. Life can bring so many beautiful and challenging experiences and opportunities. As a therapist in Orange County, CA, I believe that each of us has the knowledge and ability to create the life that we desire. Sometimes we just need some support and guidance in that process.
Also, I know therapy can be uncomfortable and awkward at first. As a therapist, I respect how vulnerable and humbling it can be to take the necessary steps toward therapy. As a result, I strive to offer a comfortable and safe space to help you define your own goals. We will work collaboratively together to reach your goals, but you will always be the driver.
Clients tell me that I am different from other therapists
Some therapists in Orange County will simply sit and listen to you. But, I am not one of those therapists. I will listen and support you AND I will challenge you to work towards building a life that lights you up. We will laugh, cry, and have fun together, all while getting the tough work done! I offer the experience, knowledge, and skills to help you work through whatever issues are getting in your way. Whether they be stress, life changes, family conflict, depression, anxiety, or trauma.
In my work with children and families, I believe that whether your family has been created through birth, foster, or adoption, developing attachment, connection, and unconditional love is paramount to creating a healthy and loving home. I work closely with children, teens, and caregivers to develop communication skills and interactions that make the home safe and comfortable for all.
I understand how important it is to feel comfortable and compatible with your therapist in Orange County. Feel free to contact me for a consultation to see if I would be a good fit for your therapy journey. I look forward to speaking with you!
Melissa’s Book Recommendations:
- Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
- Getting Past Your Past by Francine Shapiro
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
- The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Wolfpack by Abby Wambach
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- Attached by Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
- The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel
- The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis
- The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Meet Karina Martinez, LMFT
CA License: LMFT 120929
In life, we often come to a point where we need to seek support from a therapist whether it’s due to difficult transitions, traumatic experiences, that anxiety that you thought would just go away and never did or realizing that the continued sadness and isolation is really depression. Taking that first step is usually the hardest part in the process, yet the bravest step you can take. I believe that during our most challenging hardships, when we feel like our life is falling apart, we have the most incredible ability to be resilient, to withstand adversities and bounce back stronger than you were before. I know that we are capable of so much more than our negative thoughts often lead us to believe we are, sometimes we just need those coping strategies that help us recognize our patterns and begin to break the cycle that leads us to think we are not enough.
My approach is meeting you where you are, right now in this moment
It’s using your strengths and building on what you have already developed to increase your connections with others and most importantly yourself. Through the use of creative and expressive techniques, my hope is to help you identify areas in which you want to improve and challenge you to change those negative thoughts that lead to fear and depression. I provide my client’s with the safety to express their authentic selves in session without fear of judgement or criticism in order for you to begin processing those experiences that brought you into therapy and begin the healing. I know vulnerability is often seen as a scary experience, but the feeling of release and freedom in being your true self with another person is what cultivates that change you are wanting to see. It’s like a heavy backpack you are carrying, full of heavy rocks, and you’re getting tired of carrying this backpack full of all the thoughts, heavy experiences, and stress. Sometimes we just need to start by taking one rock out at a time, and that’s what therapy is, taking small steps to get to that place where you are not weighed down by all the rocks. This is how I help my clients throughout therapy, taking the time to be in the present moment through grounding, mindfulness and providing empathy in my sessions.
In addition to using expressive and strength based approaches, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Family Functional Therapy techniques in order to work through anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and family/relationship conflicts. I love working with children, teens, families, individuals and couples.If you feel I would be a good fit, I would love to meet you and be by your side in your journey to healing.
Karina’s Book Recommendations:
- Power of Vulnerability- Dr. Brene Brown
- The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
- Power of Now- Eckhart Tolle
- Braving the Wilderness- Dr. Brene Brown
Karina’s App Recommendations:
- UCLA Mindful
Meet Katie Enright, AMFT (she/her/hers)
CA Registration: AMFT 114655 Supervised by Melissa Mellon, LMFT #40670
Sometimes our past experiences, present-day comparisons, or just life, in general, have a way of impacting our self-worth and general well-being. I want you to know you are not alone in those struggles. In fact, I pride myself in being able to create a safe space for you to be your authentic self, sans judgment.
I believe that connection is the cornerstone of healing
I believe people are resilient and can change with the right support. Some ways I do this in therapy are: being with you through the release of emotion, teaching you ways to cope with the pain while also leaning into it, and encouraging those groundbreaking “lightbulb” moments.
I cultivate change by viewing people as so much more than a diagnosis or problem. Looking at ourselves as a collective of different parts helps to increase compassion and self-worth. I am here to help look at some of the more challenging parts of life with you and view them as just that, a challenge. I will push you but don’t worry. I’ll never push further than you are ready to go. This is your therapy and you are the expert on you.
I’ve been told by my clients that they appreciated the sense of safety that they felt while working with me. In fact, I pride myself on my authenticity and ability to connect with my clients. I believe this allows me the capacity to be there with you through the tough stuff that comes up in therapy. All while giving you a sense of comfort and hope.
I use EMDR as well as Internal Family Systems and Ego-State Therapy to help clients with anxiety, depression, marital or family conflict, and trauma. I love working with couples, families, teens, kids, and individuals. If you believe we may be a good fit and want to find out more, please reach out. I am so excited to meet you!
Katie’s Book Recommendations:
- The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
- Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
- Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N Aron
- Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Meet Katie Martinez, AMFT (she/her/hers)
CA Registration: AMFT 114794 Supervised by Melissa Mellon, LMFT #40670
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Deciding to seek therapy can be overwhelming and confusing at first glance. Yet, many who have embarked on this journey believe it to be a rewarding experience. My goal is to create a safe, judgment-free environment in which you feel comfortable and heard. I look to understand your pain and support you along this journey of self-examination. My passion is to guide people to build healthy relationships with themselves and those around them.
I work with people struggling with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, overwhelming changes, trauma, and those who just need a space to vent and feel understood. These people include young individuals, adults, teens, couples, and families. Lastly, as a Mexican-American therapist, I can competently conduct sessions in Spanish and understand the unique dynamics within Hispanic families.
Therapy is a collaborative process therefore, I take a collaborative approach in which I work alongside you and tailor my feedback to fit your needs. Not only will I listen to you, but I will also challenge you to help you gain a deeper understanding of your experiences. Lastly, I will work with you to find healthy coping strategies to help you reach your full potential and make lasting changes.
A little bit about me
I’m an alumnus of California State University, Fullerton. I practice as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Orange County, CA, as well as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Before working in private practice, my journey in mental health has included working in settings such as non-profit organizations, school-based agencies, and education. When I’m not practicing therapy, you can find me traveling, spending time with loved ones, or watching Netflix.
Research shows that a good therapeutic relationship can often be one of the most important factors in successful treatment. If you think I would be a good fit in helping you through your journey and growth, contact me for a consultation. I look forward to hearing from you!
Katie’s Book Recommendations:
- The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegal
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S.F. Heller
- Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Katie’s App Recommendations:
- Gottman Card Decks
- Insight Timer
- Virtual Hope
Yuki Shida, AMFT (she/her/hers)
CA Registration: AMFT 104625 Supervised by Melissa Mellon, LMFT #40670
As women, we are naturally attuned to the needs of those around us. We don’t think twice about nurturing and loving our people – whether they be our own children, parents, friends, or coworkers. And lately, doesn’t it seem like all of our people need us in one way or another? After the year that we’ve had, it’s no wonder that so many of us are running on empty.
Whenever you go on a flight, there is a safety video where an oxygen mask comes down for each passenger in an emergency. You are instructed to put it on yourself before you reach over and put it on your child. This order of priorities can apply to all areas of our lives too. You can’t take care of the people you love well until you take care of yourself first.
In the therapy room, there is no topic too trivial or complex.
I am here to follow where your thoughts and your heart go, and we will discover how it is you have come to feel this way. Awareness is the first step to creating lasting change. Through therapy, I help my clients to understand that their perceived shame and struggle are actually badges of honor and courage. No matter your past or your current circumstances, you deserve to experience life richly and fully. You are in the driver’s seat of your mental health and your life. Thank you for trusting me to be a part of your journey.
I am a mom of 2 kids, married for 8 years, 2nd generation Japanese-American. I love traveling, 1000-piece puzzles, drinking boba tea (50% sugar, less ice!), growing my vegetable garden, and going on adventures with my family.
Yuki’s Book Recommendations:
- Boundaries – Charles Townsend and Henry Cloud
- Getting Past Your Past – Francine Shapiro, PhD
- Parenting from the Inside Out – Mary Hartzell and Daniel J. Siegel
- Back to Work After Baby – Lori Mihalich-Levin
- Hold Me Tight – Dr. Sue Johnson
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
Yuki’s App Recommendations:
- MY3 App
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Services Offered at Moxie Family Therapy
Our team offers a variety of services at our Orange County, CA therapy practice. Mental health services Moxie Family Therapy provide include counseling for women, EMDR and trauma therapy, couples counseling, counseling for teen girls, family counseling, and counseling for young adults and college students.