Melissa Fritchle, LMFT

Holistic Psychotherapy in Santa Cruz

Training for Professionals


In Person Trainings : 

Mindfulness Interventions for Trauma Recovery 

Saturday May 11, 9:30am - 2:30pm                               

co-sponsored by Shine a Light Counseling Center at Resource Center for Non-Violence, Santa Cruz      $80 (4 CA BBS CE hours) 

Mindfulness interventions are powerful for trauma recovery, re-regulating the nervous system for present moment awareness, inviting observer mind, increased self-compassion, & providing a secular option for connecting to the transpersonal. But it is not a panacea & for clients recovering from trauma, powerful aspects of mindfulness practice feel overwhelming or not accessible. Trauma-Informed approaches to mindful practices and in session interventions are critical for using them effectively with diverse clients. Adaptations such as movement versus stillness, varying focusing techniques, breathing exercises that engage the vagal nerve, and guided imagery specific to the client improve outcomes and help the therapy feel more dynamic.

Mindfulness practices can help bring our clients more fully into the gift of our present life but only if we, as clinicians, are skilled enough to meet them where they are. Expand your capacity to use these beautiful interventions productively.

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 Live Online Trainings:

New offerings coming soon 


 Online Trainings Available Anytime, Anywhere :

Supporting Families When Kids are Becoming Sexually Active 

Offered Through AAMFT $35 

Facing the realities of a child's sexuality can be difficult for any parent. As therapists, people turn to us for guidance on how to manage this aspect of parenting and family life. In this webinar Sex Therapist & Educator Melissa Fritchle will discuss developmental sexuality in the context of our modern life so that we can help parents be positive and proactive as their children grow into adulthood. She will outline some of the current topics families may face such as, masturbation, porn, consent, gender, STDs, birth control, abstinence. Providing diverse sex positive-therapy means focusing on ways to support parents clarify and articulate their own ethics, fears, and hopes regarding their children's sexuality, while always considering our own counter-transference and mythologies so that we can be more effective. 

 Working With Sexual Desire in Couples Therapy

 Offered Through AAMFT      $35

The most common sexual complaint clients will bring to couples therapy is low sexual desire, for one or both partners. And yet, many therapists feel at a loss in how to address this complex issue and the relational fallout that can occur for couples after years of a struggling sex life. In this webinar, Ms. Fritchle will look at the newest diagnostic features for low desire and talk about the discrepancies in how to define low desire at all. Ms. Fritchle will outline a holistic sexual assessment that takes into account the interrelated physical, social, spiritual, and mental aspects that can impact desire. She will address common dynamics seen in couples related to low desire, including non-sexual couples, and how to support them in seeking change.  

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 Professional Consultations:

 I offer private consultations with therapists and health professionals. Do you want to work more holistically with your clients? Do you want to feel more inspired and empowered to create change? Do you want to expand your healing practice to include more depth in the areas of sex and relationships? We can schedule your private consultation as a phone session or in my office. I charge $100/hour for consultations; you can talk about as many cases as you like.