Mail: (714) 460-2949
New clients, please
call (714) 898-0362
Works in: Huntington Beach, Long Beach
Mel is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. He has worked a wide variety of individuals
and families from various cultures and economic status. He has training in various modalities to suit unique
needs of each client and feels that treatment need not be prolonged. He enjoys working collaboratively with
his clients towards a co-created goal and satisfactory solution. He works with families, couples, and
individuals. He has a special fondness for assisting the unique needs of adoptive families.
Couples in conflict
Early childhood trauma with infants and toddlers
Parenting/ Single Parenting
“Coming Out”/ Self-Acceptance
Board Certification Marriage, Family and Child counseling in January of 2009.
Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2002
Bachelors Degree in Human Behavior 2000
Associate Arts Degree in Fashion Design in 1986
Associated Therapist Inc.
Marriage and Family Therapist, provide individual, family and couple counseling from 4/26/2013
to present. Huntington Beach and Long Beach
Los Angeles, California
Lead Mental Health Clinician for Zero to Five and DMH evidenced based program Child Parent
Psychotherapy from 2008-2013. Provide Intake assessments, collaborate with family in developing treatment
goals, facilitate parenting classes, and provide mental health services to children and their families
ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years with a trauma history.
Santa Monica, California Private Practice/ Owner from 2009-2011
Provide mental health services to couples, individuals and families. Increased focus on
adoptive families and issues associated to early childhood trauma, co-creating a narrative, identification of
trauma triggers, sensory integration resolution, education, and reflective parenting as it affects a child
with a trauma history.
Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency
Los Angeles, California
Mental Health Clinician from 2003-2008. Provide family intake assessment, diagnose,
collaborate with family on treatment goals, provide mental health services, provide family counseling,
consult with children’s social workers regarding treatment recommendations and conduct treatment
The Maple Counseling Center
(Concurrent internship) Staff Therapist Intern from 2004-2006. Provide Intake assessment,
diagnose, collaborate with client’s to create treatment goals. Service provided to families, couples and
individuals struggling with communication problems, relationship conflict, depression, anxiety disorders,
grief and loss.
Child Parent Psychotherapy
Based Practice modality created by Alicia Lieberman and Patricia Van Horn)
From April 2010- November 2013 via a collaboration with Los Angeles Department of Mental
Health and University California San Francisco
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Beginner Level – 2007, Attachment Focused Psychotherapy for
and Trauma, Daniel Hughes, Ph.D., Waterville,
Level – 2007, Attachment Focused Psychotherapy for childhood
and trauma, Daniel Hughes Ph.D., Waterville,
Intermediate Level – 2008, Attachment Focused Psychotherapy for
and trauma, Daniel Hughes Ph.D., Lebanon,
New clients, please call
office number. Do not call therapist.
Administrative information needs to be gathered before
Page last updated: 5/5/2013