Put Your Foot Down Parenting

Helping Parents Regain Their Sanity Since 2003!


Are You Ready to Put Your Foot Down?


About Melissa

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University, East Bay. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed (#MFC47998) by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

I have worked in a variety of settings: a residential facility for severely emotionally disturbed teens, a non-profit community counseling agency, Kaiser Permanente, teaching Parent Project classes and private practice.

My true passion is helping parents learn how to manage their difficult or strong-willed children, because I am also the proud parent of a very strong-willed child, so I truly do understand what it takes to raise those stubborn, crazy-making kids! If I can do it, so can you, and I would love to help!

Why Melissa?

I have extensive training in teaching parents how to deal with difficult behaviors in children and adolescents, and make a concerted effort to upgrade my skills on a regular basis. I am a certified Parent Project® facilitator, and approach parenting and counseling in a concrete, down-to-earth manner. I won't ever give you a "behavior theory" without a specific way to use it!.

For some parents, parenting issues aren't a big deal. But some parents need a little guidance, or have problems that are more complicated than most. Some have kids who are engaging in dangerous behaviors such as drug or alcohol use, gang involvement, or physical violence. Whatever the reason, help is available!

Some of these problems can be relatively minor, but they can also be very difficult and painful. Watching your child engage in destructive behaviors or simply having a strong-willed child who can "make you crazy" can keep you up at night, cause depression or anxiety, and make your life (and those of your children) miserable. I can help you avoid or improve these symptoms!

Professional Associations

East Bay Chapter- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Clinical Member
  • Past President
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2007 Outstanding Chapter Leader

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

  • Clinical Member