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Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Melissa Gutierrez

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P (she, they)

Verified by Psychology Today Verified by Psychology Today
4 Endorsed
4047 1st Street, Livermore, CA 94550
Let's Connect (415) 237-4386
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My clients often feel like they're too much: too scared, too anxious, too angry, too sad, too weird, too quiet, too loud, too bad, and even too good. Whether something big and traumatic happened to make you feel "off" or you just got born this way, we work together to explore it, accept it, and do something you feel good about with it. My goal is to help clients find the way to be most themselves in the world so that they feel confident enough to learn new behaviors and different ways of connecting for successful relationships with themselves and others.
I focus on turning "I can't" into "I can" and shame into healthy self-esteem without all the toxic positivity. I work with people who have come from religious backgrounds, people experiencing grief & loss, & people who are creatives, makers, or entrepreneurs. I specialize in art therapy, and offer the same integrative approach to my talk therapy clients.
We are living in a really tough time and I believe therapy can not only help people of any age simply cope, but actually transform enough to overcome, succeed, and create a different kind of future free of stress and anxiety and full of confidence and ease. Call or text today to set a time to get started.
Call or Melissa Gutierrez now for a free 15 minute consultation - (415) 237-4386

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

4047 1st Street

Livermore, CA 94550

(415) 237-4386
Now providing in-person art therapy and talk therapy in the Tri-Valley as well as virtual session.
I specialize in Grief, Spirituality and Life Transitions 
$200 Per Session  
I see individuals, couples and families  
Let's Connect (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

4047 1st Street

Livermore, CA 94550

(415) 237-4386
Now providing in-person art therapy and talk therapy in the Tri-Valley as well as virtual session.
I specialize in Grief, Spirituality and Life Transitions 
$200 Per Session  
I see individuals, couples and families  

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $200
  • Couple Sessions $260
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by American Express, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Paypal, Venmo, Visa, Zelle
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Pricing plan available: $200/session, $675/month, or $1600/quarter.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P
"
Pricing plan available: $200/session, $675/month, or $1600/quarter.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Prelicense by State of California / APCC11364 Supervised by Israel Perla (California / MFT43965) Melissa Gutierrez
  • In Practice for 4 Years
  • License: Art Therapy Credentials Board Registered Art Therapist - Provisional 24-271 / 2024
  • Degree/Diploma from The University of Arizona MFA Creative Writing / 2013
  • Attended Prescott College, MS Counseling, Graduated 2021
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I draw on 20 years of experience working with kids and families to bring my dual training in art therapy and clinical mental health counseling to bring people closer together and to what makes them feel less stressed, more at ease, and more alive.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P
"
I draw on 20 years of experience working with kids and families to bring my dual training in art therapy and clinical mental health counseling to bring people closer together and to what makes them feel less stressed, more at ease, and more alive.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Grief
  • Spirituality
  • Life Transitions

Expertise

  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • Artists & Creatives
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • LGBTQ+
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Veterans
  • Women's Issues
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I feel strongly that our culture does not make enough space for grief and loss and so I strive to do that in my sessions. My extensive experience in death, grief, & bereavement makes me feel oddly comfortable in the face of what some people might consider scary, morbid, or simply too sad. I help grieving clients learn how to hold this heaviness and move forward towards healing and wholeness.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P
"
I feel strongly that our culture does not make enough space for grief and loss and so I strive to do that in my sessions. My extensive experience in death, grief, & bereavement makes me feel oddly comfortable in the face of what some people might consider scary, morbid, or simply too sad. I help grieving clients learn how to hold this heaviness and move forward towards healing and wholeness.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P

4 Endorsements

Danielle Neff
Danielle Neff
Marriage & Family TherapistMALMFTAPCC
Melissa is an enthusiastic and passionate therapist. Her sincerity and creativity make her a joy to work with. She has a particular talent for engaging clients with artistic processing when words alone will not suffice.
Ryan Michael Knapp
Ryan Michael Knapp
Marriage & Family Therapist
Melissa's therapeutic compass is guided by creativity and compassion. If you are looking for change, Melissa's creative spirit and depth of connection will help shine light on ways forward.
James Christensen
James Christensen
Marriage & Family TherapistLMFT
Melissa is full of wisdom, curiosity, courage, and compassion. She approaches therapy with artistic passion and creativity.
Kristen M. VanKlootwyk
Kristen M. VanKlootwyk
Marriage & Family Therapist AssociateMAAMFTPCC
Melissa brings a wealth of energy and creativity to those who seek to create positive and lasting change in themselves or in their relationships. Her warmth and compassion are evident in her sessions where she creates safety for you to express yourself.

Client Focus

Age

Preteen
Teen
Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother

Ethnicity

Other Racial or Ethnic Background

Religion

Christian

Age

Preteen
Teen
Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother

Ethnicity

Other Racial or Ethnic Background

Religion

Christian

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Existential
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Integrative
  • Multicultural
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic
  • Strength-Based
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I like to use art as a way to bridge our head, heart, and body in sessions, helping us access the deepest layers of identity, vulnerability, fear, and desire. I have a broad perspective of what "expressive art" includes, so anything from making TikToks to tarot to VR to gardening to oil painting to motorcycle riding to making a spreadsheet - you name it, we can use it for therapy.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P
"
I like to use art as a way to bridge our head, heart, and body in sessions, helping us access the deepest layers of identity, vulnerability, fear, and desire. I have a broad perspective of what "expressive art" includes, so anything from making TikToks to tarot to VR to gardening to oil painting to motorcycle riding to making a spreadsheet - you name it, we can use it for therapy.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P

Location

Primary Location

4047 1st Street

Livermore, CA 94550

(415) 237-4386
"
Now providing in-person art therapy and talk therapy in the Tri-Valley as well as virtual session.
Call for a free consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P
"
Now providing in-person art therapy and talk therapy in the Tri-Valley as well as virtual session.
Call for a free consultation now - (415) 237-4386
Photo of Melissa Gutierrez, MFA, APCC, ATR-P, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Melissa Gutierrez
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC, ATR-P