Melanie Goetz

Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
 therapist: Melanie Goetz,
In-Person in Carlsbad, CA 92008
In-Person in San Mateo, CA
Online in California
I am motivated, as we are all motivated, by a desire to connect with others and ourselves in honoring ways. Unfortunately, in our upbringing, we often learn "rules" for connection that are no longer working in our best interest within friendships, family relations, and romantic relations. I hope to support all of my clients in their journey towards earned-secure attachment. We can connect for a brief, complimentary 15-minute phone consultation to see if my presence and approach would be a beautiful support to your current therapeutic goals at this time.

Client Focus

Session Format: Couple, Individual therapy sessions.
Age Specialty: Adolescent, Adult
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • EMDR
  • Existential/Humanistic
  • Gottman Method
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centered
  • Somatic
Approach Description: I use an attachment-oriented, trauma-informed, integrative approach with all my clients. Basically what that means is that we'll gently explore your strengths and the natural resources you already have working for you in your day-to-day life and key relationships. I'll then introduce new tangible and intangible resources, such as guiding you through the imagery of having your most influential people close by, or being in a peaceful location. From there, we'll explore deeper roots to bring healing towards the relational wounds that continue to plague your interactions with self and others currently. Finally, we'll consider future experiences that would likely call for old habits to return, ensuring that you will have access to these new resources practiced in therapy for when those experiences do occur. We'll go through this process in your timing, together with curiosity and tenderness. To be clear, we are able to still have beautifully effective somatic and EMDR sessions over Zoom. The main difference is: you're choosing your environment for sessions, so we get to use different sensory tools that work for you from your own space, rather than the options I have in an office.

Education & Credentials

Melanie Goetz LMFT
  • Female
  • License # LMFT #128217
  • Licensed in CA
  • Practicing Since 2015
Education: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, MA in Christian Apologetics, BA in Psychology with a minor in Leadership. I studied in Denver, Western Europe, and New Orleans, and, have traveled extensively all with the intention of learning about family dynamics from diverse people across the country and world.


  • Average Session Fee $150
  • Affordable sliding scale therapy: apply if you may be eligible.
  • My sliding fee policy asks you to identify what the highest fee on the scale is that you can pay, without the financial burden leading to increased stress or potentially ending therapy prior to meeting your therapeutic goals. The fee can change when your financial situation changes.
  • Out of Network
  • Automatically, all of my clients receive a Superbill on the first of every month to submit for reimbursement if you have a PPO plan.

Melanie Goetz Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Available Online for residents of California
  • Online Therapy Details: Sessions are offered on Zoom to all California residents
Melanie Goetz Practice Description
I work with California residents seeking to work through relational injuries from past generations' traumatic experiences, to your own traumatic experiences, to difficult relationships from childhood through the present. Sessions are catered to your current needs and longings. We are able to schedule weekly 50-minute sessions, 90-minute sessions, or multi-hour intensive sessions. Additionally, the feel of sessions is customized. In some sessions, I'll be an engaged, empathic listener, while in others, I may be a guide for meditation and imagery. The range for how we use our time to honor your needs truly is countless. Each session and our work in general, will be organized in a way that is most catering to your felt-sense of safety within both our connection and your environment for living. I want to help you find your sense of empowerment to identify, seek, and truly flourish in relationships and in the structure of your life. We'll share leadership in setting our goals and in identifying the direction of our work in each session. I like to say, "I'll always have a Plan B for our sessions, but if you have a different Plan A, then we'll honor your more urgent need." My Plan B is to prepare you for and support you in the discovery and healing of painful roots of unhelpful patterns of relating to others in your present relationships. That's my heart: to live a life of connecting in mutually honoring relationships with the freedom to be our most genuine selves. It's my personal goal for living, and, it is the heartbeat of my therapeutic work with others. I look forward to discovering and honoring your truest expressions of yourself in our therapy meetings. I have recently returned to in-person work on Fridays in Carlsbad Village. Monday through Thursday all of my sessions are on Zoom, working with clients from all around California.

Practice Overview

2945 Harding Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
San Mateo, CA
Available both in-person and online
8 Years Experience
Couple, Individual

Office Hours

7:00 am - 3:30 pm
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
7:00 am - 3:30 pm
7:00 am - 3:30 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Driving Directions

The in-person office is on the second level of the office building. It is located about two blocks Northwest of the I-5 Carlsbad Village exit, across from Vallarta. There is plenty of parking in the office parking lot. You may choose to wait downstairs in the garden or upstairs in the waiting room.

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