Melissa McManis, LCSW, Sex Therapy and EMDR trained

Preferred Name: Melissa

About Me

Melissa became licensed in the state of California in 2010 post Master’s Degree as an LCSW and since then have embarked on a continued journey of learning. Melissa is trained in somatic therapy and EMDR therapy which are two modalities that have been researched in treating clients who have lived experience of trauma. She has also studied the field of sex therapy and can coach clients on how to reconnect to themselves and to others emotionally and erotically. Melissa currently lives in Mission Viejo with her partner, two puppies, and cat. She believes in living inspired through being dedicated to her own personal growth, therapy, and healing connections with others. She also practices yoga and meditation as part of her own self-care practice.

Education & Experience

2005 MSW from U of M 2010 LCSW in State of California 2021 Trained in the Somatica Method of Sex and Relationship Coaching 2022 Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing from EMDR Center of Southern CA, and EMDRIA approved provider

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations


Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Family Issues
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples


  • English


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • UnitedHealth