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Melissa Fritchle, MA

Holistic Psychotherapy & Couples Therapy

Sex Therapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy

Appointments available in the Santa Cruz area 831 471-5797

CA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #46827

About Melissa

Holistic Psychotherapist & Sex Therapist

I have my Masters degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and am licensed by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist (lic.#48627). I have training in Process Therapy, couple’s therapy, mindfulness & Buddhist Psychology, movement and dance therapies, and in the impact of nutrition on mood. I am also a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I have completed extensive training specific to human sexuality and sexual health as well as an internship in a private practice devoted to sex therapy. I am a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and have experience working with a wide variety of sexual issues and concerns.

Writer & Educator

In 2014 I published The Conscious Sexual Self Workbook and I write the ongoing blog Conscious Sexual Self. I am a regular expert contributor to online media My articles have been published on PBS: This Emotional Life, Your Tango, Fox News and Madame Noire among other places. Find links to my online articles on the Articles and Media page. I am the volume editor for the educational book, The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice, Volume Three: The Global Community.

I am an active sex educator, giving workshops regularly for both professionals and the public. I teach as adjunct faculty for the Masters programs in the Bay Area. In 2010, I traveled to Uganda where I designed and taught the first Human Sexuality curriculum for two universities there. For this work, I was awarded a 2010 Sexual Intelligence Award. In 2014 I traveled to Kenya to work with a group of Catholic priest and nuns on addressing sexual issues within the clergy.