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Grounded Connections Counseling

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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. I work with individuals, couples and families.

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. I received my Masters Degree from Syracuse University in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am currently a Doctoral Candidate en route to a Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. I am also pursing my AAMFT Approved Supervisor certification by supervising Marriage and Family Therapy student trainees.

The following is information on some of my modalities. For a more detailed list click the Therapeutic Options tab.

Coping with Trauma 

You can rest assured that you will be working with a trauma-informed therapist. I received a Certificate of Advanced Study of Trauma from Syracuse University. Additionally, I competed training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is backed by research to offer clients the best results in their growth and healing. Many of my clients may be seeking a way to cope with a toxic relationship with physical and emotional aggression or be working through processing childhood experiences of deep pain. I help individuals move forward towards a path of healing.

Transitions with an Affirmative Approach

While at Syracuse University, I had training in working with the transgender population. This training involved helping clients towards hormone readiness and completing insurance referral letters for gender affirmation surgery. I assist clients as they explore their gender or sexual identities with non-binary labels or expectations. I help people of various LGBTQ+ backgrounds with an affirmative approach.

Couples Working Towards Connection

I assist couples with issues around intimacy, infidelity and communication. I integrate a Gottman Method (Gottman Level 1 and Level 2 trained) and Attachment Theory approach to best offer insight and tools for couples to get more immediate relief and change.

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 are not living the life you were meant to lead.  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 how I can help you. Click Book Consultation tab to schedule a virtual consultation.

Need more information? Click Therapeutic Options below to discover more on the different areas of concern that I can assist clients.

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34 Executive Park, Suite 275, Irvine CA 92614


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