Melissa Monji, MS, AMFT
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMF90236
Under Supervision of Julie Messer, LMFT83220
Melissa graduated with distinction from Cal Poly with an M.S. in Psychology, and obtained her B.A. (summa cum laude) in Psychology with a minor in Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies from CSU Bakersfield. During college, Melissa dreamed of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, so that she could support others with navigating their lives and realizing their dreams and goals.
Melissa especially enjoys working with individuals experiencing anxiety, as well as working with those dealing with significant life transitions, contemplating major life decisions, or struggling with relationship issues. Melissa is also experienced in working with depression, grief & loss, self-esteem issues, and transforming unwanted behaviors. Melissa’s counseling experience began while attending Cal Poly and has continued with non-profit agencies within the community. Melissa enters private practice with the experiences she has gained working with diverse populations, ranging in age from 5 to 70, at various settings within the community.
My approach to therapy….Melissa’s approach toward therapy is integrative, since she believes clients should be offered tools and support that make sense for how they view their lives, their strengths, and their challenges. Melissa works from a strength based perspective, which means she is interested to hear about what is working well for clients even amidst their challenges. This approach facilitates the enhancement of strengths, and these strengths can be used to assist clients in meeting their goals. Melissa adjusts her interventions based on client needs and preferences, but frequently utilizes approaches based in humanistic psychology, CBT, mindfulness, family systems, and therapeutic art.