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Melanie Gilpin, PsyD

Melanie Gilpin, PsyD Adults and Couples Psychotherapy

Professional Statement

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and mother of two grown children. Having worked extensively with my own conscious and unconscious dynamics over the course of a long-term analysis, I bring life experience, maturity, and insight to the therapeutic encounter. I am told I am grounded, thoughtful, kind, and intuitive. My clients are ordinary people with ordinary human challenges. Perhaps you seek a better sense of yourself so you can live life to its fullest. Perhaps you face choices that seem overwhelming or mutually exclusive. You may be struggling in a relationship or may experience ways of being that no longer serve you. Using empathy and intuition I hope to find underlying causes of symptoms. Working with my own dreams and those of others I have discovered they have practical applications by bringing attention to specific issues: offering insight into physical symptoms, hinting at solutions to problems, shining fresh light on relationships. You need not be a dreamer, but should a dream come, together we will explore its relevance in your life. My approach with couples draws on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to enhance openness, attunement, and responsiveness. I enjoy helping couples by providing a place where they can speak frankly with each other. For clients suffering from trauma related difficulties, I may call on Brainspotting, a powerful technique that uses the visual field to access areas in the brain where the deepest emotions and body experiences are held. I also call upon my training in non-touch Reiki to ground both me and my clients, and I help clients acknowledge and access their strengths. My professional training includes a two-year predoctoral residency at The Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael with individuals, couples, at-risk children, and adolescents. At my post-doctoral residency at the University of California, San Francisco I did brief, solution-focused therapy with medical professionals, faculty and staff and I conducted mindfulness groups. I work with adults of all ages, culture, and ethnicity, either individually or as couples. I welcome you wherever you are on your life's journey and look forward to walking with you on the path to becoming your best self.

Education

PsyD in Clinical Psychology - The Wright Institute, CA
MA in Clinical Psychology - The Wright Institute, CA
BA in Economics/Accounting - Claremont McKenna College, CA

Insurances Accepted

Aetna
Anthem
Blue Shield
Carelon Behavioral Health Strategies
Carelon Behavioral Health, Inc
Cigna
ComPsych
HEALTH NET
KAISER
Provider Network of America
United Behavioral Health
VHP
WELLFLEET

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