A fulfilling journey in the therapy process starts with a safe, supportive, caring relationship between my client and me. Cultivating a secure environment that inspires hope, introspection and humor-- is my first task.
My mission is to bring you self-empowerment, strength, balance and self-discovery along your journey. I specialize in offering a holistic approach in the treatment of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, career, trauma and addictions. Additionally, I have an affinity for supporting children and teens with Autism and ADHD as well as parents/families.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Melissa Huitron has worked in a school-based setting, residential group home, as well as in-home services with students’ ages 5-17 years old. She provided social-emotional counseling and facilitated social skills groups for students with autism spectrum disorders, PDD, ADD/ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, bipolar disorder, and other mental, attention, behavioral and learning disorders. Melissa provides parent education and has conducted community workshops on various learning disorders. She is also certified in Brain Education and trained in Applied Behavior Analysis/ Mindfulness/Neuroplasticity-and has taught such techniques to students and teachers in both Los Angeles County and in New York City. Currently, Melissa provides counseling services at Heredia Therapy Group.
Melissa holds a Master’s Degree in School Work from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Behavioral Science from The University of La Verne. She is currently completing her Post-Graduate-Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Long Beach.
I am passionate about working with all aspects of your experience, including mind, body and spirit, helping clients understand the underlying issues related to difficulties, while offering supportive guidance for the enhancement of an individual’s unique expression of emotional well-being, meaningful relationships and a fulfilling life. My experience of working with individuals, children, youth and families for nearly a decade- is that this is one of the most effective methods of fostering lasting change.
I value creativity, diversity and flexibility in the therapeutic process. I’m also a certified yoga and brain education leader/trainer and I have a special interest in the mind/body/spirit connection. Also, I enjoy teaching and developing seminars and workshops for members of the community.
Children (ages 6 to 10)
Mind/Body/Spirit Holistic Approach
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Seeking Safety-Complex PTSD
Academic/Educational Counseling (5K-12th grades)