Dr. Melissa L Jinariu, PsyD
Preferred Name: Melissa
I've spent the last 20 years helping kids, teens, and families, as well as traumatized adults. If your child is struggling with worries, sadness, problems at school or home, or adjusting to difficult or scary life experiences (divorce, death, trauma), we can help! If you feel stuck in repeated patterns, triggers, or unwanted memories, we've got you! We will work with you and/or your child to improve coping and quality of life. Your family's path to healing starts with a call to my practice: Therapy SoCal.
Education & Experience
I received my Doctorate in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2011 and received clinical training in community mental health, school-based, and out-patient hospital settings. I completed my residency working with traumatized children and families at UC Davis Children’s Hospital CAARE Center and spent my Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harbor UCLA Medical Center specializing in pediatric trauma, attachment, and adoption-related issues. My dissertation research was also focused on factors that contribute to secure attachment in adoptive families. I earned a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2002. With this degree, I worked in private practice, in residential treatment, and in the private sector of foster care as a Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor, and Assistant Executive Director. In addition to private practice, I am passionate about training developing clinicians. I am an adjunct professor Azusa Pacific University, where I teach doctoral classes on child and adolescent development, spiritual integration, and child abuse. Additionally, I provide supervision to approximately 20 pre-licensed clinicians at APU’s Community Counseling Center, where I created and oversee our clinical Trauma Track. I have trained and/or am certified in several empirically proven treatment models to reduce or eliminate symptoms including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Seeking Safety, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Theraplay, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Psychological First Aid. I have also trained in the school of life. As a mom of four neurodivergent children, and a foster-adoptive parent, I have experienced the trial-by-fire that is being a parent. I sympathize with parenting struggles first-hand, and have practical tools to reduce your stress and increase personal/familial meaning and joy.
Professional & Volunteer Affiliations
- ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
- Family Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual Abuse
- Traumatic Incident
- Adolescents (13-17)
- Children (4-12)
- Infants/Toddlers (0-3)