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
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
$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
Preferred One
Please download and fill out the following forms for our first session.
(612) 246-6689
Fax: 612-294-6767
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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