About Melissa

I have a passion for helping others find healing and freedom by creating meaning of their life and experiences. How I came to be a therapist is an important part of getting to know me and the way I work. 

I attended performing arts high school for dance and went on to completed my undergraduate studies at University of the Arts where I studied classical dance. After graduation I continued dancing for several years until I decided I was ready to pivot toward exploring how to heal through movement and the arts beginning my process of becoming a therapist. Being an artist has unique demands and expectations that are difficult to articulate and require deep commitment and tenacity. My hope is to honor that in each client to support your capacity for growth.

Since 2001, I have worked clinically treating those struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, substance abuse, PTSD and those healing from sexual trauma, at inpatient, residential, day treatment and outpatient levels of care. As part of my journey, I have provided supervision for interns and clinically managed an eating disorder treatment program with the full spectrum of care from inpatient, to residential, and day treatment. 

 

Therapeutic Approach

My therapeutic philosophy is rooted in the belief that each person already possesses the knowledge to live to their fullest. Often we struggle with identiy and beliefs, as what we feel is true for us clashes with social, cultural, political, family constructs, which creates a sense of isolation and failure. The focus of our work will be on honoring your resilience and the narrative of your journey to move you toward what you hope to experience in your daily life. 

Over the course of my career I have honed my skills to primarily utilize Brief Solution-Focused and Narrative Therapies with a trauma Informed lens. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a body based somatic therapy focused on trauma resolution. I have found with great success that these models can work collaboratively. 

 

 

Associations

 

 



100 North Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

mcareytherapy@gmail.com
(310) 488-2863





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