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34 Executive Park, Suite 275, Irvine CA 92614

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.

 
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34 Executive Park, Suite 275, Irvine CA 92614

949-381-1707

 

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J.K. Rowling

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