Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Eating Disorders Hermosa Beach, San Pedro and Long Beach California

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Eating Disorders Hermosa Beach, San Pedro and Long Beach California

(310) 957-2099
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Valetta Melanie Kirchner

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Long Beach

Psychotherapist ~ Children, Adolescents, Adults Individuals, Couples, Families, Groups

My Approach to Therapy

My professional practice of 15 years provides an extensive and varied experiential base that informs my pragmatic and eclectic approach to treatment. I choose from a variety of psychological schools tailoring the therapeutic process to each individual’s specific challenges and needs while nurturing awareness and self-compassion.

I believe each person deserves a holistic approach that integrates psychological factors with overall health, social environment as well as economic and physical circumstances. I view presenting symptoms as coping strategies and the therapist’s role as facilitating the fine tuning of some strategies and the exploration of more effective solutions for others.

I aspire to provide dynamic therapeutic services that reflect professional best-practices in a comfortable and non-judgmental setting while striving to be welcoming, genuine, transparent and empathetic. Most people find they connect with me easily. I invite you to see for yourself.

Specialties Experience:

  • Meditation Teacher Training (completed @ Sacred Roots Holistic Healing, Long Beach)
  • Nonviolent Communication (Marshall Rosenberg)
  • The Work (Byron Katie)
  • Voice Dialog ( according to Hal and Sidra Stone)
  • Meditation and Mindfulness (Dan Siegel/Jack Kornfield)

Professional Experience:

Mental Health Therapist, College Medical Center PHP, Long Beach.

Treated people with severe mental illness in an interdisciplinary setting through group therapy and additional Individual/ Couples / Family Therapy. Performed crisis management.

Psychological & Organizational Advisor, Teacher, Discovery World, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Advised director in psychological and organizational concerns; trained teachers; taught and cared for children (0-5); created a multi-subject curriculum (research, writing).

Counselor/Psychotherapist, Center For Discovery, residential facilities in Los Angeles area.

Treated both women and adolescents with eating disorders and/or dual diagnosis in an interdisciplinary setting; performed Individual, Couples, Group, and Family Therapy as well as crisis management. Led/created various psycho-educational groups (e.g., DBT, CBT, Relaxation Techniques, Therapeutic Body Movement, Music and Art Therapy, Body Image/ Body Acceptance).

Early Intervention Specialist and Lead Teacher, Phases, Long Beach.

Coordinated and provided learning opportunities in various domains for children with special needs as well as for typical children (18-36 months). Performed developmental assessments.

Behavioral Therapist for Children with Autism, ACES Inc., Orange.

Conducted ABA in children with Autism to support development of communication, social relationships, appropriate behaviors, balanced nutrition.

Psychiatric Assistant, Bridges to Recovery, Pacific Palisades.

Conducted therapeutic groups, performed crisis management, dispensed medication, etc.

Bereavement Counselor, Pathways, Long Beach [Volunteer work].

Led adult bereavement group and accompanied mourners through their healing process.

Child Psychotherapist (Intern), Practice for Child Psychotherapy, Varel, Germany.

Performed assessment, intake interviews; assisted in CBT and administrative work.

Social Worker, Shelter for Children and Adolescents, Oldenburg, Germany.

Mentored adolescents in major crises via guidance, counseling and role modeling. Assisted the director in concerns of management.

Developmental Psychology Research Assistant, University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Collected/analyzed data in research project “Burden & Relief Factors in the Critical Course of Disease & Dying Process” funded by Federal Ministry of Health, Germany.

Developmental Psychology Research Assistant, University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Developed questionnaires for research project “The influence of home environment and rehabilitation method on hearing impaired children’s development in Israel & Germany”.


University of Oldenburg, Germany – Bachelor and Master of Sciences in Psychology

California State University, Long Beach – International Psych Student 

Licenses and Certifications:

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT 99603 (BBS California)

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Bund Deutscher Psychologen (Association of German Psychologists)

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