Carol J. MelvilleLCSW

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Are there any recurring themes or issues you’ve noticed as you treat people in your area of specialization, and how has this insight guided your approach?

As human beings, I find we are more alike than different in our struggles and pain when dealing with issues that interfere with relationships or with being a productive and effective worker, or just with what life throws at us. Although our pain and struggles are similar, the underlying reasons for our specific reactions to challenges are as varied as human experience. The effort to engage in exploration with a caring and supportive therapist takes courage, and can be the first step to untangling the roots of your distress, getting you on your way to healthier coping, and helping you enjoy more freedom to choose how you wish to respond to whatever you encounter..



Attachment issues

Communication issues

Eating disorders

Parenting issues

General Expertise



Relationship Issues


Social Anxiety

Anorexia nervosa

Binge eating disorder

Body image issues



First Session


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Strength Based Therapy

Attachment-Based Therapy


Humanistic Therapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Training / Certifications

Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Certified Parent Educator


CA, LCSW, 16628


Masters in Social Work; Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Work History

I received my license in 1992 and practiced in a community mental health setting as well as private practice, seeing clients with a wide variety of issues. I provided individual and group services for adolescent, young adult and adult women struggling with body image and wanting more positive relationships with food. This included working with women with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and overeating/weight issues. I am also a certified parent educator and have worked with parents of young children and teens, helping them improve their understanding of the needs of their children as well as achieve optimal family communication. I pursued post graduate education in psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma studies, and parent education, enabling my work to achieve a depth of understanding that has enriched and informed my relationships with my clients.


1968 S. Coast Highway, Suite 1493, Laguna Beach, 92651, CA