Therapist in Westminster, California Melyssa Depaolo, Therapist

License: LCSW

Provider Gender: Female

Ages Served: 6-65+

Appointments: In-office only. Telehealth not available

Manages Medications: No, provides therapy only

Therapist in Westminster, California Melyssa Depaolo, LCSW

Melyssa Depaolo, LCSW

Sometimes it may feel like the world is against you, or you’re alone and no one will understand. Life can be pretty tough, whether you’re experiencing anxiety or sadness, had a recent loss, dealing with adoption and attachment as a parent or child, challenges with coming out and/or identifying as LGBTQ, or experienced a traumatic event, etc. Making the decision to begin your therapeutic journey can be scary and uncomfortable, but can also be empowering. Mental and emotional health is as important and real as physical health, and it’s my goal to support and be a factor for change while you grow into a healthier and truer self.

I specialize in trauma, attachment, and adoption/foster care related issues with children, families and individuals. Other specialty areas include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, OCD, self-esteem, substance abuse, and LGBTQ+ affirming. I utilize various therapeutic approaches and practices to meet the needs of my clients such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), play therapy, music, art for healing, CBT and DBT techniques, trauma focused therapy, and attachment parenting skills. I enjoy humor and creativity while working with people, and continually strive to increase their self-awareness, insight, and personal strength throughout the therapeutic journey. By creating a healthy and safe environment, free of judgment, I feel an individual or family can begin to repair and heal, while identifying and overcoming the barriers and negative coping patterns that may have failed in the past.

I received my Bachelors in Family Studies and Early Childhood Education from the University of Utah, and my Masters in Social Work with a mental health concentration from the University of Southern California. I also have experience in wilderness and high adventure therapy, residential programs, and therapeutic boarding schools.

Expertise

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Elevance Health (Anthem BC)
  • Evernorth (Cigna)
  • Magellan
  • Managed Health Network (HealthNet)
  • MediNcrease Health Plans (MHP)
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • Optum (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Partners Direct Health
  • Sana Benefits

Interventions

  • CBT for Insomnia
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting Skills

Populations

  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Veterans
  • Women

Languages

  • English

Locations

FAQs

Please use our online form to schedule an appointment with Melyssa Depaolo. You can also call 562-431-8822 to have someone assist you.

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