Dr. Nixon

Melissa Schymberg Nixon Psy. D.

Dr. Nixon is a  Licensed Clinical Psychologist providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families.


Education and Experience:

She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2012. She began working in the field of Mental Health in 2004 as a Residential Counselor in a group home for adolescents.  Since then Dr. Nixon has provided therapy in a variety of settings: elementary, middle, and high schools, crisis hotline, in-home, and community clinics. She has supported clients experiencing a variety of obstacles in their lives, including: anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, trauma, interpersonal conflict, substance abuse/dependence, anger, etc.


Therapy with Children and Adolescents

I enjoy working with all ages, but I have always been particularly drawn towards working with children and adolescents.  Young people experience their own unique challenges: difficulties at home, at school, and with peers.  I work with many children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, isolation, interpersonal conflict, and difficulties with school.  Families are not always able to manage these challenges on their own. I enjoy providing the extra support, which often involves a combination of play therapy, talk therapy, and/or family therapy. 


Therapeutic Approach

Dr. Nixon’s work with clients has been influenced primarily by Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.  She has a warm strength-based approach, that is flexible to the needs of my clients.  She believes in collaborating with her clients to find solutions together. She often uses Narrative therapy to honor an individual’s strengths and accomplishments, and uses Cognitive Behavioral Techniques to problem-solve and develop coping strategies.