Melisa De Seguirant
Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist (Oregon, California)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist in Oregon and California, and an alumna of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in the San Francisco Bay Area. I place a high value on honoring the unique nature of the client-therapist relationship dynamic. I see therapy as a collaborative process and view myself as an apt clinician, but most prominently a fellow human journeying down my own path towards integration, self acceptance and holistic wellbeing. I aim to show up authentically in session and empower my clients to take ownership over their healing process, acknowledging and actively dismantling the power differential inherent in the therapist-client relationship. I am an openly bisexual and polyamorous person, and am passionate about working with others in the LGBTQ+, non-monogomous and other historically sexually stigmatized communities. I additionally have 5 years of clinical experience with adolescents and a background in suicide and crisis intervention. I acknowledge my privilege as an able-bodied white person and welcome open conversation about the ways in which these factors may impact my clients. I take an integrative approach in therapy weaving together elements of psychoeducation, mindfulness, narrative therapy, parts work, somatic experiencing and the expressive arts. I additionally use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in order to help my clients move through and integrate traumatic experiences. I spent my first 25 years of life intensively honing my artistic skills towards a career in musical theater performance, and I take special interest in exploring the intersections of creativity, sexuality and spirituality when it resonates with my clients. I invite those who choose to work with me to actively invest outside of our sessions in ongoing self exploration, self care, body work, community building and creative/spiritual growth.