About Diane Melendez, MA, LPC
Diane is able to assist her clients in finding a deeper meaning to their psychological struggles and help them along the path to recovery, thanks to her background as a neuroscientist and counselor with her contemplative and shamanic training. Diane also teaches parenting classes in Spanish and offers psychological evaluations in Spanish, for individuals applying for a U-Visa.
Diane works primarily with teens and adults coping with symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression. Additionally, due to her own bi-cultural and bilingual experiences (English-Spanish), Diane enjoys working with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds who may find it difficult to adjust to life in the United States.
Due to her education and values, Diane believes that an individual can promote healing and growth by balancing their objective and subjective experiences.
One way that Diane seeks this balance is by using shamanic practices and other spiritual rituals including symbolism, synchronicities and/or mindfulness exercises. These practices and rituals are used in combination with evidence-based techniques such as:
- Eye Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT),
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Somatic Experiencing
- Non-Violent Communication (NVC) techniques
- Play and Art Therapy
Diane has extensive professional experience in school and community mental health settings offering group and family therapy, in addition to individual counseling services. Her
professional background and qualifications include:
- Bachelors in Science
- Research Manager at the Institute of Neuroscience in Puerto Rico
- MA in Psychotherapy
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LCP)
- Ten years of Therapeutic experience
- Co-facilitator of Incredible Years Program
- Facilitator of Co-Parenting for Life class
About Tatiana Matanzo, MS, LPCC
Tatiana Matanzo, M.S. has a Clinical Psychology Master Degree.
Currently, she is a LPCC License Professional Counselor Candidate and is being supervised by Diane Melendez MA, LPC. She recently moved to Colorado from Puerto Rico and this has sparked her curiosity about acculturation issues. In her native country, she had the opportunity to support those who were immigrants in the island.
Now that she is going through this transition, she is even more conscientious of the value of a healthy acculturation process in the mental health of individuals. She is passionate about offering to clients the opportunity to reconnect, strengthen the gifts they have, and thrive. She works with clients, from the ages 3 to the elderly.
As a psychologist in practice, she had the opportunity to work with clients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma and grief. She also evaluated and treated victims of crime, referred by the courts in the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico. She utilizes DBT, CBT, and Play Therapy as modes of intervention.