Manzanita Therapy Clinic - Melanie Alford, LICSW  Therapist and Life Coach
 

I Work With Clients Needing Help With:
Exploration of gender, sex and sexuality
Gender transition
Individuals and couples questioning their sexual and relationship            practices, including exploration of kink, polyamory, flexible              monogamy, and swinging
Anxiety/Depression
Anger issues
Grief and Loss
Chronic Illness, including AIDS/HIV, Hepatitis C, chronic pain,
         cancer, MS, GB/CIDP, stroke and other brain injury, etc
Histories of trauma, including rape, war-time trauma,  domestic            violence and childhood abuse
 
Therapy Approaches I Use:
Mindfulness Techniques, largely drawn from meditation and                  Buddhist philosophies 
Psychodynamic techniques
Cognitive Therapy techniques
Systems Theory
Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change Theory
 
 
Fees:
$160 for 50 minute session
$200 for a 70 minute session
If you are unable to pay my full fee, please inquire about my policy for negotiated fees. 
 
Payment methods are cash and check. 
 
I accept the following insurance:
Health Partners/Cigna
Blue Cross Blue Shield MN 
Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA) 
Minnesota Care programs
Medica -- I am an out-of network provider
Preferred One
U-Care
 
Forms:
Please download and fill out the following forms for our first session.
 
Contact:
(612) 246-6689
 
         Location:
The Shenandoah building: 4749 Chicago Ave South #2D 
Please note: This office is not ADA accessible.
   
   
 
About the Name:  I grew up in the Gold Country of Northern California, where the fiery-red Manzanita bushes grow like weeds.  They are the first vegetation that seed after fires, and so in local Native American lore, they are symbols of growth and rebirth.  As a child, I was mesmerized by the Manzanita, and as an adult, I have come to understand that they are a symbol both of my past and of things to come. 
 
 
 
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