Clinical Director & Founder
DBT Therapist & Skills Trainer
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Melinda is the Founder and Clinical Director of San Jose DBT and CriticalPath Counseling http://www.criticalpathcounseling.com.
Contact Melinda’s cell phone at (408) 351-8785 or make an appointment request here
Clinical Background and Training:
Melinda is a former Technology Project Manager and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has received advanced level intensive training from Behavioral Tech, LLC. Melinda specializes in Emotion Regulation Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Treatment-Resistant Depression, OCD, and high functioning adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder. She has completed integrated training in ASD and Co-occurring ADHD from the Mind Institute at the University of California, Davis, and the UNC TEACCH Program at the University of North Carolina. Also, Melinda has received extensive training in treating PTSD and other Anxiety Disorders utilizing Prolonged Exposure Therapy and DBT and utilizes DBT Skills Couple and Parent Training, developed by Alan Fruzetti, Ph.D., for helping Parents and Couples. She utilizes Problem Solving Therapy, a strengths-based CBT Therapy for chronic daily functioning challenges and building resilience. She is a member of the American Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Melinda is an experienced communication trainer with a warm and humorous communication style. She has an extensive Silicon Valley consulting background that includes clients such as Microsoft, NASA, eBAY, Hitachi, Seagate, and many others.
Her pragmatic, no-nonsense style of therapy in San Jose helps clients radically transform their relationships both at work and at home. She has lived and worked in Silicon Valley most of her life and understands the complexities that this unique culture generates. Here is what differentiates her work from other therapists:
- She rapidly identifies complex emotional problems and develop behavioral strategies
- She has real world experience in hiring, succession planning, and employee development
- She is an expert in work-related stress because she works with businesses every day
- She understands that work-life balance feels different for everyone. There is no one size fits all
- She is well connected to Silicon Valley resources for health and wellness
- She teaches skills in problem-solving, communication, emotion regulation and decision making
Amara Brook, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 27165) and is a Cognitive Behavior Therapist and DBT Skills Trainer. Dr. Brook co-facilitates DBT Skills Groups at San Jose DBT and offers a wide range of Cognitive Behavior Therapy services for adults. Dr. Brook has extensive experience working with bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and high functioning autism spectrum disorders in adults.
Elisabeth Bellows, MD, received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her psychiatry training at Stanford University Medical Center. She obtained extensive training and supervision in Dialectical Behavior Therapy from the treatment developer Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., and her senior associates. Since 2002, Dr. Bellows specialized in working with dual diagnosis clients using behavior therapy techniques. Dr. Bellows enjoys using experiential and interactive demonstrations to teach behavior therapy tools to medical and mental health providers. Dr. Bellows retired from private practice in 2019 and currently provides consultation to San Jose DBT.
If you wish to make an appointment at San Jose DBT or learn more about our programs and services, please call (408) 351-8785 or contact us here.