GROUNDED CONNECTIONS COUNSELING
reconnect and heal
At times we struggle to keep a healthy balance in our lives. Neglecting our mental health needs is one key contributor to imbalance. Therapy can help to realign our focus and promote self growth to a healthier you. As a therapist, I take a very integrative approach, utilizing multiple theoretical interventions based on a person's unique needs. I work collaboratively with clients to help them in their growth process and act as guide to help each person reach a more holistic harmony within themselves.
My name is Melanie Gonzalez, MAMFT, LMFT #116208, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the State of California. The following are some of the specific populations I work with, but for a more detailed list click the "Therapeutic Options" button below.
I received my masters degree from Syracuse University in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2015. In addition, I received a Certificate of Advanced Study of Trauma from Syracuse University. Additionally, I completed training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I work with individuals who have experienced various types of trauma and are on the path towards healing.
While at Syracuse University, I had additional training in working with the transgender population. This training involved helping clients towards hormone readiness and completing insurance referral letters for sexual reassignment surgery. I work with people of various LGBTQ+ backgrounds with an affirmative approach.
I also work with couples on issues around intimacy, infidelity and communication. I integrate a Gottman Method and Attachment Theory approach to best offer insight and tools for couples to get more immediate relief and change.
I have received training in Applied Behavioral Analysis which is shown to be effective for children who experience ADHD, Autism and other behavioral issues. I utilize play therapy techniques with children to help them learn more effective ways of emotional expression and teach them healthy coping skills to mange behavioral impulses.
I am currently working on my doctorate degree, PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy, at Alliant International University. Through my internship track at Alliant University, I teach masters level classes and supervise trainee clinicians.
I work with individuals, couples and families. I offer both in person sessions as well as teletherapy sessions. I am here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-growth. Take the steps to reaching a new level of harmony and balance in your life today.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THERAPY
Perhaps you're sad or anxious, maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Perhaps you and your partner are struggling to connect effectively. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery. Therapy can promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes. Through therapy you can gain the tools necessary to help get you on track.
Contact me today for a FREE 15 minute consultation to help get a sense of my style of therapy and to see if we are a good match. Click below to discover more on the different therapeutic options available to you.
34 Executive Park, Suite 275, Irvine CA 92614
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light"