About Dr. Melendres
I am a licensed psychologist, with an office in Walnut Creek, CA, providing therapy and counseling to the East Bay (including Orinda, Lafayette, Concord, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo). My private practice specializes in treating stress, anxiety and issues in sports performance in adults and adolescents ages 16 and up. My primary goal as a practitioner is to help you identify and resolve challenges that are interfering with your potential to reach goals and experience calm and happiness in your life. I use a collaborative approach to treatment that is warm and empathic, nonjudgmental, and importantly, goal-oriented which I tailor to each person’s unique needs. I have extensive training in evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based approaches, which I utilize in my work with clients.
I completed my Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, and my B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. I completed my post-doctoral clinical training at the James J. Peters (Bronx) and NY Harbor (Manhattan) VA Medical Centers in New York City. I established a successful private practice in Manhattan prior to relocating to California in 2014. I have worked as a clinician in inpatient and outpatient hospitals, a college counseling center, a community mental health clinic, and a chronic pain medical clinic. My research interests include choking under pressure in sports performance, test anxiety, and workplace burn-out. I draw on my varied clinical experiences and research background to provide the highest level of care to my clients. I hold current licenses in California and New York.
I work with my clients from a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) perspective which explores and understands the connections between our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Together, we identify the specific barriers that are interfering with your ability to function and live in the way you would like. We address different ways of relating to your thoughts and emotions, increase awareness and insight into your patterns through mindfulness-based interventions, improve communication, and incorporate effective coping skills to help you reach your goals and cultivate a happier, more balanced life. I value creating a compassionate and nonjudgmental environment where you can feel safe to make changes and motivated to reach short-term and long-term goals.
My practice addresses a broad range of clinical issues, including the following:
How do I make an appointment?
You may set up an initial appointment with me by either phone or email. I am happy to speak with you for a brief phone consultation to discuss your needs prior to scheduling your first appointment.
What is the focus of our first appointment?
The purpose of the first appointment is to better understand your needs and concerns and get to know each other. A strong rapport is essential to a successful therapy experience.
How often will I come to therapy?
Sessions last 50 minutes and typically occur every week, though both the length and frequency may vary according to need. In order to experience the greatest gains in therapy, it is important to meet consistently.
Do you offer phone or video sessions?
Telephone sessions, as well as Skype, are offered for individuals who are unable to meet in person on occasion and where appropriate.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept any insurance, but I can provide you with a monthly billing statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is worthwhile to check with your insurance provider to clarify your specific mental health coverage.
What is your cancellation policy?
A 24-hour cancellation is required. If a session is missed or less than 48-hours is provided, the full rate of session will be charged.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Payment is accepted by cash, check, Visa or Mastercard at the time of each session.
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