Melanie is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked in the MC Student Health Center for almost 5 years as a mental health counselor. She is currently acting as a liaison between the health center and the nursing students, providing additional support, teaching coping skills, and referring students to the appropriate resources.
She has also worked in a multi-disciplinary team of mental health and medical professionals to help improve the quality of life for people on extended Workers’ Comp leave, and in private practice with a variety of clients. She draws from several clinical orientations in her work and employs a variety of techniques with her clients, but is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical therapy. She worked with clients who have anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, adjustment disorders, OCD, dissociative disorders and more. She got her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Melanie lives with her husband, 3 children and her rambunctious maltipoo, Ruffles. She enjoys hiking, playing tennis and pickleball, going to the gym, trying new restaurants, and spending time laughing with friends. She is originally from Chicago and really appreciates the weather and the mountains in CA. Her two favorite places to visit in CA are San Francisco and Yosemite and her favorite type of food is Ethiopian. She truly enjoys working with the students at Moorpark College.