Melanie Alford, MSW MPH LICSW
Manzanita Therapy, LLC
Therapy for Individuals
I Work With Clients Needing Help With:
Exploration of gender, sex and sexuality
Individuals and couples questioning their sexual and relationship practices, including exploration of kink, polyamory, flexible monogamy, and swinging
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
Exploration of spirit, spirituality, intuitive senses
Therapy Approaches I Use:
Mindfulness Techniques, largely drawn from meditation and Buddhist philosophies
Cognitive Therapy techniques
Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change Theory
Internal Family Systems
$180 for 60 minute session
I accept the following insurance:
Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA)
Minnesota Care programs
Please download and fill out the following forms for our first session.
All appointments are Telehealth only.
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.