Melissa (Mel) Saenz, Advanced Clinical Intern

Melissa (Mel) Saenz, Advanced Clinical Intern

Therapy is a collaborative endeavor in which we work together to help you gain insight, explore how your past affects your present life and cultivate effective ways of thinking and being.

My background is in person-centered therapy — where the focus is on the person and not the problem. I provide an empathic, non-judgemental space for you to be comfortable sharing your deepest concerns. In my junior year of undergraduate studies, I interned at the Bergen County Jail, where I used person-centered therapy to help guide the inmates to transition into a successful civilian life.

I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College. I graduated from Rutgers University Newark with a double major in Journalism and Psychology.Thus far, my educational experience has gaslighted my thirst for research and to one day publishing my own studies as a professional.

I am particularly interested in social justice, and while I look forward to working with clients from all cultural backgrounds and identities, I have a special interest in working with the LGBTQ+ and Latinix populations. As a member of the community, nothing brings me more pride than to be an advocate for those who wouldn’t normally have a voice otherwise.

Many people in my community do not get proper support because of the stigma that only “crazy people” go to therapy. I want to end the stigma on mental illness and become a leading advocate for both LBGTQ+ and Latinx communities.

I am bilingual (English/Spanish) and able to conduct therapy for clients who prefer or need a bilingual therapist.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking vegan meals as well as playing with my 2-year-old  Shih tzu named Ollie.