In-Person and Tele-Therapy Counseling Services
Melissa Barsotti, LCSW
EMDR Trauma Therapist & Harm OCD Specialist
Licensed in the states of California and Virginia
Welcome to my website.
Whether you are seeking therapy as a new client or you are one of my former clients, I currently have openings.
Individual & Group therapy for adults 18+
Offered in English and Spanish
Complex Trauma/Developmental Trauma (CPTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
includes Other Specified Dissociative Adaptations and Dissociative Identity Adaptation, otherwise known as OSDD and DID
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Addiction / Alcohol Abuse / Anxiety / Codependency / Coping Skills / Complex Developmental Trauma/ Depersonalization / Depression / Derealization / Dissociation / Divorce /
Drug Abuse / Dual Diagnosis / Emotional Disturbance / Grief /
Harm -Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) / Life Transitions / Peer Relationships / Women's issues /
Racial Identity / Self Esteem / Self-Harming / Sexual Abuse / Sexual Identity / Sexuality / Stress / Substance Abuse / Suicidal Ideation / Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Complex PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Ego State Therapy
Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)
Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT)
Individual Consultation for Therapists
I have finally found my niche after working in nonprofits for 10 years and private practice for the past 5 years.
My specialties include depression, anxiety, and trauma on the entire spectrum.
Specifically, developmental trauma and dissociation.
I have found that trauma often is the culprit for the symptoms our clients present with.
Having this trauma perspective is important because it informs the way you obtain assessment information, and the way you treat suicidality, obsessions, fears, addictions, and the list is endless.
I once met Dr. Janina Fisher, author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors, and learned that she rarely hospitalized her clients.
At the time I was working with acute depression and was fearful of suicidality; however, through important contributions from Dr. Fisher and others, I have learned to use a parts approach when assessing suicidality.
There are so many nuggets that I can offer, including addressing countertransference as a clinician.
Invest in yourself, invest in your practice, and reach out for consultation and ongoing advanced learnings.
Our field can be intimidating, as neuroscience continues to inform clinical practice. You are not alone. There are seasoned therapists like myself that can get you to where you want to be professionally, faster and more smoothly.
I believe it takes strength to be vulnerable and open to change. Finding a therapist can feel overwhelming. It is so important to find the right match of personalities and education. Someone who understands what you have experienced in your life or has the strength to listen without judgement and to walk by your side during this new journey of growth.
Thank you for visiting this website.
Melissa Barsotti direct phone:
6994 El Camino Real
UNIT 205-G, Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Mon-Friday 9:00am - 2pm
In -person/in-Office sessions available in Carlsbad, California
Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Virtual sessions available Mon-Saturday for individuals residing in the state of California or the state of Virginia
Only VIRTUAL/Teletherapy sessions are available in the state of Virginia.
Weekend hours available: