Therapist Profile

Name:
Melissa F. Pedersen, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
739 West 9th Street San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone:
(310) 801-8152
License Number
LMFT47759
Practicing Since:
2005
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Please call for availability.
Services
Individual, Couple, Family, Child Therapy
Insurance
Sliding Scale
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
B.A.in Psychology - Loyola Marymount University 2003,M.A in Psychology - Mental Health Concentration - Phillips Graduate Institute 2006

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Adolescents
Anxiety
Career Stress and Changes
Children
Critical Incident Stress Management
Communication Skills
Couples
Depression/Clinical Depression
Domestic Violence
Elder/Geriatrics/Gerontology
Families
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Parenting
Play Therapy
Pre-Marriage Counseling
PsychoEducational
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Rape Victims
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Step/Blended Families
Trauma
Women's Issues

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Cognitive-Behavioral
Family Systems
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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