Melanie Simms (she/her)

Accepting Clients

I am a strengths-based, trauma-informed therapist for adolescents and young adults.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA

About My Clients

My clients are teens and young adults (16-28) who are at a stage where they are reflecting on childhood and have determined they want something different for themselves in adulthood. My clients are often in school or in the early stages of their career. They are often facing challenges around stress, anxiety, childhood trauma, and relationships with friends, family or partners. My clients are on a path of discovering who they are, healing childhood wounds, and building goals for the future.

My Background and Approach

In my 7 years of practice as a therapist, I have worked in a variety of settings, serving many different clients and their unique needs. My background includes: school based counseling for special education students, advocacy and treatment for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, in home therapy with foster youth, and program management for an outpatient behavioral health program. Through these roles, I developed a passion for helping adolescents, college students, and young adults heal their childhood wounds and take ownership of their adult lives. While I incorporate techniques from a variety of theories, I rely most heavily on cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems approaches. I am also trained in Trauma Focused CBT and Motivational Interviewing. As a therapist, I want to make sure my clients are benefiting from our work together, so if something isn’t working I encourage them to provide feedback so I can tailor my approach to better support their needs.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that everyone is capable of change, but that it is only when we believe in our worth and treat ourselves with love that we are able to change. I believe that the bodies and brains that we have were not built for the world we currently live in. I believe that everyone grows up in an environment where their needs were not perfectly met. The ways we dealt with those unmet needs as children then become unhealthy coping strategies in adulthood. With conscious effort, reflection, and practice, we can heal those wounds and learn better strategies. I am pro-woman and pro-choice. I am sex positive and LGBTQ+ affirming. I believe black lives matter and no human being is illegal. I vote. I donate to causes I care about and organizations with missions that align with my values. I recognize and acknowledge the privilege I have in this world as a cisgender, white, heterosexual, able-bodied person.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 8 years of practice
  • Rate: $150/session


8057651444 Email Melanie
5450 Ralston St.
Suite 109
Ventura, CA 93003

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