Hi there! I’m melissa
I always knew that I wanted to have a career that allowed me to help and empower others. Pursuing this calling has provided me with the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings throughout my professional career, both in my home country of the United States, and abroad (in English and Spanish).
I have my master’s and PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology. For the past 5 years I’ve been focusing my professional energy on providing therapy and coaching to the international community. I currently provide online coaching to international clients living around the world.
My clients include expats, immigrants, digital nomads, adult Third Culture Kids (TCKs), study abroad students, diplomats, NGO employees, professionals working in international education, and people in intercultural relationships. My own experience living abroad for 10 years (Spain & the Netherlands) helps me to understand firsthand the challenges that come with living a life that spans cultures, languages, & time zones. Because of this I’m able to bring a great deal of empathy and understanding to the work I do with my clients.
Although I recently moved back to my hometown of Seattle, WA (United States) and ended my time abroad, I still consider myself a global nomad. I’m in an intercultural marriage and don’t speak my native language in my home (we speak Spanish). I’m also in contact with family, friends, and clients living around the world on a daily basis. When I’m not working with clients, I enjoy traveling, dancing, reading, writing, meditation, running, yoga, and playing with my new puppy!
I use “Acceptance and Commitment Coaching” (ACC) with my clients. It’s a mindfulness-based approach developed from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that focuses on helping you to connect with what deeply matters to you and learning skills to more effectively interact with your thoughts and feelings so that they don’t hold you back from doing the things that are important to you.
I’m also a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher-in-Training and incorporate tools from this course into my work with clients. I believe that both mindfulness and self-compassion are essential skills for global nomads and I work to find practices that are a good fit for each client’s needs so that they can cultivate these skills on their own.
I’m a firm believer in practicing what I “preach.” The skills I teach to clients are ones that I utilize in my own life as well. I’ve gone to coaching and therapy when I’ve needed additional support in my life and I’m committed to continually deepening my own mindfulness and self-compassion practice.
I want my clients to be able to bring their whole selves to our sessions, which is why I strive to create an environment in sessions that is inclusive of all, regardless of gender, age, gender identity, race, health status, national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, body size, and religion.
- PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
- Master’s Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, minor in Sociology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA, USA
You can find even more information about my professional experience and training on LinkedIn.
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