Melanie Alford, MSW MPH LICSW 

Manzanita Therapy, LLC

Individual and Couples Therapy

I Work With Clients Needing Help With:

Exploration of gender, sex and sexuality

Gender transition

Individuals and couples questioning their sexual and relationship practices, including exploration of kink, polyamory, flexible monogamy, and swinging

Anxiety/Depression

Anger issues

Grief and Loss

Chronic Illness, including AIDS/HIV, Hepatitis C, chronic pain,

cancer, MS, GB/CIDP, stroke and other brain injury, etc

Histories of trauma, including rape, war-time trauma, domestic violence and childhood abuse


Therapy Approaches I Use:

Mindfulness Techniques, largely drawn from meditation and Buddhist philosophies

Psychodynamic techniques

Cognitive Therapy techniques

Systems Theory

Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change Theory


Fees:

$160 for 50 minute session

$200 for a 70 minute session

If you are unable to pay my full fee, please inquire about my policy for negotiated fees.

Payment methods are cash and check.


I accept the following insurance:

Health Partners/Cigna

Blue Cross Blue Shield MN

Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA)

Minnesota Care programs

Medica

Preferred One

U-Care

Forms:

Please download and fill out the following forms for our first session.

Client Bill of Rights

Confidential Intake Form

Authorizations and Signatures

HIPAA Form

Contact:

(612) 246-6689

Fax: 612-294-6767

[email protected]

Location:

The Shenandoah building: 4749 Chicago Ave South #2D

Please note: This office is not ADA accessible.

About the Name: I grew up in the Gold Country of Northern California, where the fiery-red Manzanita bushes grow like weeds. They are the first vegetation that seed after fires, and so in local Native American lore, they are symbols of growth and rebirth. As a child, I was mesmerized by the Manzanita, and as an adult, I have come to understand that they are a symbol both of my past and of things to come.