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Mel Herst, L.M.F.T.   

License #MFC46763

Voice 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

Adoption/Transracial adoption

Early childhood trauma with infants and toddlers

Sensory Integration

Parenting/ Single Parenting

Attachment disorders

“Coming Out”/ Self-Acceptance

Career Transitions



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


Previous Experience:

Associated Therapist Inc.

Marriage and Family Therapist, provide individual, family and couple counseling from 4/26/2013 to present. Huntington Beach and Long Beach


Violence Intervention Program

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.


Grow A Heart

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 discharges.


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.


Specialized training:

Child Parent Psychotherapy 

(Evidence 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 Childhood Abuse

and Trauma, Daniel Hughes, Ph.D., Waterville, Maine.


Beginner Level – 2007, Attachment Focused Psychotherapy for childhood abuse 

and trauma, Daniel Hughes Ph.D., Waterville, Maine.


Intermediate Level – 2008, Attachment Focused Psychotherapy for childhood abuse

and trauma, Daniel Hughes Ph.D., Lebanon, Pennsylvania.


New clients, please call office number. Do not call therapist. 
Administrative information needs to be gathered before scheduling.
Page last updated: 5/5/2013