Melissa Christensen

LCSW

Melissa Christensen

LCSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 69616
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Tricare West
Fees: $125 for a 45 minute individual session
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

Spring Valley, California 91977

My Approach to Helping

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 11 years of experience in the mental health field. I am passionate about working with young adults as well as trauma survivors. I am a very relational, client-centric therapist - in other words, I believe that the relationships I have with each of my clients are extremely important and the key ingredient to helping others grow into their full potential. I respect and value you and what you bring to the table - we will work on the things that feel important to you and I strive to come from a non-judgmental, warm and accepting place, no matter what your concerns or difficulties are. In addition to listening and truly trying to understand you and your story, I will bring in information that I feel is relevant that will help guide you towards the goals and desires you have for yourself. I am trained in CBT, TF-CBT, DBT and CPT - I say this mostly to show you that, while we WILL talk and process things in a way that\'s most useful for you, I also have specific skill sets and training aimed at resolving the difficulties you are bringing forth (depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, anger, difficulties in relationships, griefloss, etc). I always encourage this to be a collaborative process and will always want to know what you feel is working or not working so that we can adjust our focus and tactics accordingly.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Schizophrenia
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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