Melissa Gilbarg, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California

Melissa Gilbarg, LCSW

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I have extensive experience working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, low motivation and self-esteem, relationship issues, or simply just feeling stuck in life - even if you don't know how to describe it yet. I also encourage my clients to explore holistic approaches to their mental health by incorporating practices and activities that feed their souls (we can work together to identify these things too). Together we can find the spark to make the changes you desire, get you feeling like yourself again, or figure out who you truly are. I have experience working with school aged children, adolescents and adults.

I am an open-minded therapist who believes that everyone deserves a safe, non-judgmental, and validating place to work through life’s challenges, feelings, successes, and stagnation. I understand that we all experience our journey in different ways. I also know that your experiences are real and while I may not share them, I will hear you, see you, and work with you to navigate those experiences in a culturally responsive way that feels right for you. Together we can find the spark to make the changes you desire, get you back to feeling like yourself again, or figure out who you truly are. I utilize a collaborative, strength-based approach that is client-centered and solution-focused. I consider myself a life-long learner both personally and professionally. I am always learning new things about myself and continuously engaging in professional development and training to become a better therapist and person.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Criminal Justice Involvement
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Coaching
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Biracial
  • Black
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$150.00 - $200.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Zelle, Cash, Check, Venmo

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Boston University
Master in Social Work