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:
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