Melanie Alford, MSW MPH LICSW 

Manzanita Therapy, LLC

Individual and Couples Therapy

Real change comes from understanding why our own impulses and behaviors hold us back from experiencing our true potential and discovering the skills to create the change we seek. I believe in a holistic, person-centered approach to therapy that helps people find the answers that were inside them all along. As a therapist, I am intuitive and compassionate, yet direct, and employ a mix of modalities, including traditional psychotherapy, cognitive therapy and mindfulness techniques.

I have experience working with individuals and families in a variety of settings for over ten years. I am especially interested in helping people who are dealing with issues in the following areas: new onset and/or chronic disease or disability; experiences of physical and sexual trauma; relationship difficulties; depression, anxiety and anger. I specialize in working with individuals from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and non-conforming gender communities. As a sex-positive practitioner, I enjoy helping individuals and/or couples who are exploring their sexual and relationship practices.

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