Crossroads: Los Angeles, Torrance, and Los Alamitos Psychologists

Melis Alkin, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist

Therapeutic Approach: I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and elder adults from all genders, cultures, and sexual orientations. I work with clients to access their inner resources to heal, manage emotions, and change unproductive thinking patterns.

I work on creating a safe and comfortable environment for you to freely express yourself and feel understood and validated. I would like to learn about your unique self, life situations, past and present experiences so that I can tailor our sessions according to your specific issues and needs. I incorporate psychological, cultural, social, physical, existential, and spiritual perspectives in my work and I draw from a variety of therapeutic orientations depending on the issues you would like to work on. I focus on your strengths, values, and resources and provide a safe and healing space in which self-exploration, growth, and change can take place.

The therapeutic orientations I often include in my practice are integrative psychology, existential and humanistic psychotherapies, trauma therapy, dialogical and interpersonal therapy.

Over the years I have worked clients who experienced problems related to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss. I have special interest in working with LGBT populations, individuals who are coping with a terminal illness, and health care professionals who struggle with work related moral and ethical issues.

I provide individual psychotherapy in English and Turkish.

Background: I completed my academic training at California School of Professional Psychology in 2004 and I have received diplomate status in clinical psychology by American Board of Professional Psychology in 2007. I am a licensed psychologist in California and British Columbia (retirement status). Currently I am a Master’s candidate in Bioethics (Health Care Ethics) at Loyola Marymount University. I have worked in community mental health organizations, hospitals, NGO’s, psychiatric clinics, and private practice. I have also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in counseling and psychology in several programs and supervised mental health professionals.