Therapist Profile

Melissa J. Morais Parr, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
4080 Centre Street Suite 104 San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 543-9850
License Number
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
Marriage and Family Therapist

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Melissa Morais Parr is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and works for the YMCA Youth & Family Services. Melissa has been working with children, teens and their families since 2005. Melissa is the Program Director for Counseling Services, COMPASS, and Healthy Start Building Bridges Programs. Melissa oversees these three program areas, provides supervision for staff, and conducts trainings. Melissa has been with the Y since 2008, first volunteering while working toward her master's degree in marriage and family therapy. Melissa volunteered in the YMCA TIDES program, providing individual, family, and group counseling to students and their families. Since graduating from Alliant International University with a master's degree, Melissa worked as a therapist in the TIDES program, providing services to students and their families at San Diego High School. At San Diego High School, Melissa has collaborated extensively with school staff in order to bridge communication between students, their families and the school staff. Melissa has assisted teachers and school counselors in creating safety plans and developing strategies on how to respond to behavioral difficulties that may be exhibited by her clients in class. Melissa has also assisted parents in advocating for their children within the school system to ensure proper support. Melissa has completed the Special Education Advocacy Program at USD. Melissa has also received training in Bowen Family Systems, domestic violence, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Co-Occurring Disorders (Dual-Diagnosis), and has a Level 1 Certification of Gottman Couples Training. Melissa uses a family-systems approach and works in collaboration with children, teens and their parents/caregivers to assist with an increased understanding of their relationships with themselves and others. Melissa continues to see a small caseload of therapy clients, including individuals, families, children/teens, and couples. Melissa offers treatment for: Depression Anxiety/Stress Anger Management Domestic Violence Trauma-Focused Relationship Conflicts Families, Children, Teens & Couples Works with individuals with high functioning Autism/Asperger’s syndrome

About My Practice

Office Hours
Monday- Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Specializes in working with adolescents. Counseling is offered on a sliding fee scale based on family income. For additional information on Counseling Services at the Y, check out the website at:
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy


Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy

Area of Specialty

Aspergers Syndrome
Depression/Clinical Depression
Domestic Violence
Persons With Disabilities
Self Esteem/Personal Growth


Theoretical Orientation
Family Systems
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Special Education Advocacy Certification Domestic Violence
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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