Therapeutic

Approach

RELATIONAL

I am mindful of how we (therapist-client) interact with each other in real-time, and use opportunities to address issues like trust, commitment, power and agency in order to form healthier, sustainable relationships with others.

EXPERIENTIAL

I believe therapy doesn't only have to be about talking. It's also about (re)experiencing emotions within the context of a protected and healing relationship with a therapist who honors and empowers you. This can often be facilitated through expressive tools and activities, such as enactments, humor, arts, music, guided imagery, mindfulness and other powerful techniques.

INSIGHT ORIENTED

Many patterns that are difficult to break can be traced to the unconscious mind and be brought to the conscious mind where insight is formed. Processing/mapping past experiences can be a key to unlocking insight, which in turn helps us focus clearly on the present and prepare for the future.

 

HOLISTIC & CULTURALLY-RESPONSIVE

You deserve care that is sensitive to the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit and cares about the complexities and intersections of your identity ( including but not limited to age, race, gender, orientation, SES, culture). I distinguish myself as not just culturally sensitive, but also culturally responsive.

PRACTICAL

I want you to have hope that change is realistic and within your capacity, so whenever I can, I provide you with useable tools, roadmaps and resources. Whether you're looking to target specific goals or heal deeper wounds, we can tailor treatment to your specific needs.

AUTHENTIC

I strive to be honest and down-to-earth with you while upholding compassion, integrity and hope.

Clinical Training

 

I rely primarily on Attachment Theory, Family Systems Theory, Restoration Therapy, experiential interventions and trauma-informed treatment; however, I consistently try to advance my expertise with the latest in the field of psychology and sociology. For some specific issues, I also utilize CBT and ACT. In addition, I seek regular consultation from my supervisor and colleagues at Emmada Psychology Center to ensure I'm providing you with the best care possible. 

I graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary's accredited Graduate School of Psychology with a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. I'm also a Level 2 trained Restoration Therapist.

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a note about identity

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I'm not your average therapist. For one, I'm 2nd generation Indian American, born to immigrant parents. I graduated with a degree in Economics and worked for the business world before I took a leap of faith to become a therapist. I'm a Californian, married a midwesterner and resonate deeply with multicultural people. I work at a unique practice founded by four esteemed African American psychologists. And I embrace the fact that I look at things a little bit differently than the status quo. Therapy isn't one-size-fits-all, and my own experiences in the field have shaped my vision to provide quality therapeutic care to people of color and those who have traditionally been on the margins. My objective is to center your experience because there is great power in being truly seen. 

You have a choice in providers.

Therapist-client fit is an important factor in your healing process. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation session, please contact me.

Melba R. Mathew is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#115377) under the supervision of Naj Alikhan (LMFT# 98653) 

at Emmada Psychology Center