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Headshot of woman with bright smile looking at the camera. This is Melissa Mellon, from Moxie Family Therapy. She is a therapist in orange county, ca. She offers emdr therapy for trauma in orange county, ca, and more! Contact her today for mental health services in orange county, ca.

Meet Melissa Mellon, LMFT (she/her/hers)

Founder and Director

CA License: LMFT 40670

Rate: $185 per 50 minute session

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

Rate: $150 per 50 minute session

Speaks Spanish

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:

  • Calm
  • Headspace
  • UCLA Mindful

Yuki Shida, LMFT (she/her/hers)

CA License: LMFT 126500

Rate: $150 per 50 minute session

Speaks Japanese

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.

About me: 

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
  • Calm
  • Headspace

Meet Alexandra Anguiano, AMFT (she/her/hers)

CA Registration: AMFT 118873 Supervised by Melissa Mellon, LMFT #40670

Rate: $120 per 50 minute session

The ways you interact, connect, and attach to others has deeply rooted ties. You may find yourself caught in between your actions and your intentions, as if they are working against one another. Maybe you’re thinking “How did I get here?” and “Where am I going?” What may have worked in the past, is no longer helping you live the life you wish to build for yourself. We can work together to identify where and why you may be struggling and how to root yourself in healing for more fulfilling relationships.

What is most important to me is helping people of all ages feel seen, heard, safe, and valued.

As your therapist, I will meet you where you are at and move with you as you choose and are ready. Bursting at the seams or hidden somewhere deep – our emotions serve a purpose in our life; they provide us with information and meaning. Moving through those emotions can be scary, but you don’t have to do it alone – that’s where I can help. I utilize my training in Emotion Focused Therapy to help guide you through these emotions (even the ones that tell you to stop feeling the feelings!) to get you to a place of meaning and understanding.

I love working with children and teens! Your child is ever-growing and changing, adapting to the world around them in the way that best makes sense for them. But how do you as the caregiver make sense of it? Young children don’t sit and talk to us about what’s really bothering them because that’s just not the way they work. Play is the language of children. I utilize Play Therapy to learn more about the child and their inner world. In doing so, I help children and caregivers move through difficult issues and learn new ways of connecting to one another.

The experience of being a teen is unique and it’s what brought me into therapy at the age of fourteen. While your struggles are very real, they are oftentimes dismissed or misunderstood. My goal is to help teens reconnect with themselves and their support system to start feeling better and more confident as they begin to move through the world in new ways.

Starting your therapy journey is a big step. I am honored that I get to help people take that step and begin their journey. If you think we may be a good fit, feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to connect with you!

Alexandra’s Book Recommendations

  • I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde
  • A Little SPOT Series by Diane Alber
  • The Color Monster by Anna Llenas
  • The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel
  • Thriving as an Empath by Judith Orloff
  • Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker
  • The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman

Alexandra’s App Recommendations

  • UCLA Mindful

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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 therapycouples counseling, counseling for teen girls, family counseling, therapy for therapists, and counseling for young adults and college students.