Melanie Ferrari (she/her)

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist# 125787
Accepting Clients

I am a massive psychology and science nerd, and I always stand in an anti-oppression framework.

Psychotherapist in Oakland, CA
Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Child
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

I'm LGBTQIA+ identified and aligned, and many of my clients tend to be as well. I use attachment and trauma informed psych models, and have treated a lot of high-trauma clients. I'm authentic and direct, and that works very well with people who prefer direct communication and people on the autism and ADHD spectrum.

My Background and Approach

I have a Neil deGrasse Tyson-like energy about brains and psychology! My style is anchored in cognitive science, attachment theory, mindfulness, social justice, parts work, and somatic psychology. Although I'm not certified in it, I'm an eager student of Hakomi theory. I value science equally with the domain of intuition and art. I work with individuals and couples, and I help with resetting to a secure attachment style. I also offer guidance with the issue of intellectualizing emotions. This habit prevents people from being able to metabolize emotions/trauma, and is one of the biggest causes of dead ends in therapy. A key model I use is Non Violent Communication. It's usually used for relationship scripts, but to me, it goes far beyond communication skills. The heart of it can reach the depths of identity and cognition. When it’s fully digested, NVC encourages the kind of reflection, ownership, and boundaries that can help heal maladaptive thinking.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that mental illness is usually rooted in a toxic culture. In regards to my practice, I consistently strive to bear in mind models of thought that avoid pathologizing. I think people with outdated thinking were the main players in establishing and perpetuating the mental health institutions, psychology theories, DSM, etc., which persist to this day. The profound damage that the baked-in stigma in these systems is doing on both an individual and societal level is beyond words.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $145 - 145/session


(510) 826-5168 Email Melanie
516 Oakland Avenue
Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94611

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