MEET THE THERAPIST
Melisa De Seguirant, LPC, LMFT (she / they)
Licensed Professional Counselor
& Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(Oregon / California)
OR LPC #C6721, OR LMFT #T1709, CA LPCC #10313
Queer, Neurodivergent, Sex Affirmative
Ethical Non-Monogamy Focused
My therapeutic style is holistic, integrative,
person-centered and trauma-informed.
Whereas some therapies focus solely on mindset, I am interested in treating you as a whole person. This means taking into account your mind and your body, along with all aspects of your experience as a human being. I will invite you on an exploration of your intersectionalities and the ways in which they impact how you move about the world. I will be looking at your mental health more deeply and dynamically rather than reducing your experience to a static set of psychological symptoms presenting at the surface.
I am not trained in one therapeutic modality, I am trained in many. I take pride in my intuitive ability to weave together therapeutic approaches in a way that effectively matches the needs of my clients. Some modalities I tend to pull most frequently from include (but are not limited to): humanistic psychology, gestalt therapy, somatic experiencing, mindfulness, narrative therapy, expressive arts therapy, internal family systems (IFS), ego state therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy and EMDR.
One of my primary goals as a clinician is to dismantle the hierarchy inherent in the client-therapist relationship, and help you begin to become an expert in your own unique healing process. My person-centered approach puts you in the driver’s seat. For those of you who have been in highly structured, directive therapy settings in the past, this will be an entirely different experience!
I conduct therapy with an understanding that trauma is widespread and not an experience limited to those who meet the diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I see trauma-informed care as approaching treatment from a place of recognition that trauma is imprinted in each of our nervous systems in unique ways, impacting the way we think, feel, and move about our present-day lives. Being a trauma-informed therapist also means that I actively prioritize safety and consent in the therapy space. The early stages of therapy will be dedicated to building trust, exploring the ways in which your nervous system has been impacted by your life experiences, and looking at how that shows up in the present-day as well as in session.
A word on systemic oppression…
As a self-proclaimed normative-culture misfit who tends to attract clients also living outside of the current societal norms, a few thoughts about how this influences my therapeutic style are warranted. I aim to show up authentically in session, in an attempt to provide you with an opportunity to do the same. I welcome and often spearhead conversations about intersectionality, systemic oppression, privilege and power, with a critical stance towards the existing systems and structures that cause harm. Acknowledging these factors that inherently impact your agency and mental wellness allows for increased transparency in session, vital to achieving a positive therapeutic outcome.
Clients seek me out for a number of reasons! Although I am equipped to work with many presenting issues, I will be direct with you during our consultation if your concerns
do not match my scope of competence.
Here is a brief (not exhaustive) list of some of the areas in which I feel especially equipped to work:
I am an ex musical theater artist turned therapist ... I'm doubly trained in drama!
As an openly queer, neurodivergent, genderfluid, polyamorous person I am passionate about working with others in the LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, non-monogamous and other marginalized communities. I hold privileges as a white, financially secure, visibly able-bodied person and welcome open conversation about the ways in which these factors may impact my clients.
Sexual Trauma / Sexual Concerns
Divorce / Relationship Transitions
Ethical Non-Monogamy / Polyamory
Self-esteem / Identity Confusion