Melissa Fritchle, LMFT

Holistic Psychotherapy in Santa Cruz

Workshops and Retreats


Workshops & Retreats


Upcoming Workshops:

 Coming together in a group offers rich opportunities explore and discover new aspects of yourself and your relationships. Being witnessed and hearing other’s stories can be a powerful way to change your perspective and initiate something new. I have a depth of experience leading groups that are experiential and will engage your body, mind, emotions, and soul. Some workshops I co-lead with other healing professionals who I admire and who inspire me.


 Upcoming Workshops :

Mindfulness in Relationship

Two Mondays, Feb 1 & 8, 2021 5pm - 6:30pm ONLINE through Stanford's Healthy Living Program, $90                               

You may be practicing mindfulness habits as a form of self-care or stress reduction, but can these skills also enhance relationships? Applying awareness, present moment attention, and non-judgment can be incredibly helpful with those we love… and incredibly challenging! 

In this 2-session online workshop, we will explore how to transfer mindfulness skills to relationship building. You will learn how create successful mindful conversations, how to stay aware of both yourself and the other, and how mindfulness practices can help us manage and communicate our emotions. Through breakout group sharing and mindfulness exercises, we will work with practices to manage conflict, soothe disappointment, and reconnect to hope. This training applies to romantic relationships, family relationships, and more

Info & to Register


Private Couple’s Intensive Retreats :

Couple’s intensive retreats are a chance to do focused work together to shift things in your relationship. Get away from the daily obligations in a vacation setting and do couple’s therapy that is private and geared specifically to your concerns. You come for 2-3 days and we spend 6 or more hours together in sessions. You will also have time to explore together, reconnect and relax in beautiful Santa Cruz and leave with changes that will enhance your relationship for years to come.


Intensives with Melissa are great for:

*Those who want to restart & reconnect

*Couples who have felt stuck in the same patterns

*Couples at a turning point who need to find the next step

*Couples at the beginning of a commitment who want tools to be successful

*Couples looking to increase their intimacy and sexual energy

*People renegotiating open relationship or monogamy agreements

*People who find group workshops intimidating or uncomfortable         

Your Intensive includes

-         A pre-intensive phone consultation

-         At least 6 hours session time

-         Explorations to try during your intensive time

-         A practical take-home plan

-         Consultation with your local couple’s therapist, if you request

 Melissa offers limited Intensives each year, so plan to schedule in advance.