A registered marriage and family therapist associate #110601
supervised by eugene porter, lmft.
office in oakland, Ca.
Melissa Southwood is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT#110601) Melissa's client base largely consists of people who identify as LGBTQAI, polyamorous, non-monogamous, sex workers and trauma survivors. Melissa is a relational, sex-positive therapist who tailors sessions to meet the specific needs of her clients. Lenses she works with include somatic experiencing, attachment/co-regulation, mindfulness, expressive arts, guided imagination and sound healing.
Melissa received an MA from JFKU with a specialization in Holistic Transpersonal Psychology.
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”
― Martha Graham
I always encourage anyone seeking therapy to take their time choosing a therapist, and to talk to a few before deciding on one. Call to schedule a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your needs and desires in a therapist and together we can figure out if I’m is the right fit for you.
Graduate of john f. Kennedy university, counseling psychology
additional training in:
specializing in treating:
Self-Esteem and Issues of Worth, Value, and Identity
Anxiety and Depression
Spiritual Crisis and Life Purpose
Co-dependency and Relationship Issues
Sex and Intimacy Issues
Couple’s Counseling and Alternative Relationship Agreements
Starting is easy! Use the form on the right to begin our conversation. We'll start with a free, 30 minute consultation to see if we're a good match. If we're not, for any reason, I'll provide you with other referrals that may be a better fit - my commitment is to your well-being first!