Melisa Alonzo, MA, AMFT #123822
I am a native English speaking psychotherapist from the U.S. I received my Bachelor´s degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I received my Master's degree in Marriage and Family therapy (MFT) from Alliant International University with a focus on international counseling.
I am a systemic/cognitive-behavioral therapist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on maladaptive or negative thinking patterns that cause maladaptive behaviors or “negative” emotions. Systemic therapy focuses on the context of the individual and is present-focused. I believe that your current context has an influence on your mood and therefore your behaviors. I am very present-focused in my work, and while we can’t change any difficult situations of your past, we can change how we process and feel in the present. When individuals come to therapy, many times they feel stuck and have tried many things on their own to escape their current problems. My goal is to help you become “unstuck” and help change any negative perceptions that might be contributing to your current situation. I hope to be able to provide you with the necessary tools that will allow you to experience a more fulfilling and purposeful life.
I am a clinical member of the Postpartum Health Alliance in San Diego, CA. I enjoy helping couples preserve their marriage as they adjust to parenthood, as well as working with women dealing with infertility struggles, perinatal loss, birth trauma, and/or dealing with the postpartum period.
Lastly, I am a level 1 trained Brain Spotting therapist – a popular, effective approach to helping you work through traumatic events.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Choosing to come to therapy and looking for the right psychotherapist can be a difficult and intimidating process; therefore, I invite you to a free 15-minute telephone/video consultation and see if I am the right fit for you.