About Dr. Richman
Dr. Melissa Richman received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Pepperdine University in 1991, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1994 with a concentration in mental health, and her Doctor of Psychology from the American Behavioral Studies Institute in 2001. She received her LCSW from the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners in 1997, and served as a Clinical Social Worker and Psychiatric Social Worker in local hospitals such as Northridge Hospital and Cedars Sinai Medical Center from that point. In addition, Dr. Richman supervised and managed an Addiction/Mental Health program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center from 1998-2000.
Dr. Richman has also had experience in business healthcare where she consults for healthcare companies assisting practitioners throughout California to work with the managed care system. Before entering private practices full time in Los Angeles early in 2000, Dr. Richman met “DAPA” criteria, becoming a Diplomate through the American Psychotherapy Association.
Dr. Richman’s background is extensive. Throughout the years, Dr. Richman has worked not only with all forms of addiction, but also with the severe and persistently mentally ill at Camarillo State Mental Hospital, Los Angeles County Mental Health, and children afflicted with mental illness in foster care. Dr. Richman ran a live Internet radio show called Shrinkwrap back in 2000 and was also a frequent contributor to E! True Hollywood Story.
Dr. Richman specializes in personality and addiction, but also sees a variety of clients including families, adolescents, adults, and couples in her private practice facing relationship problems, depression, anger, and anxiety issues. She has a focus in working with couples going through divorce and working with family law attorneys in a “Curative” and “Collaborative” process.
Dr. Richman feels social work and the practice of psychotherapy has allowed her to share a great many rewards and lessons in understanding human nature. By entering into her clients’ world in a light of support, respect, and safety, she helps them seek change through awareness and enlightenment. Being bound to act in a client’s best interest is a high calling that she believes permits no compromise.
Dr. Richman says: “I have learned the basic tenet of professional conduct in its highest sense. Psychotherapy is a process that is invaluable. I believe that working with a client is all about taking a journey together, where I navigate and guide my client in a deep exploration to achieve change. If one can change and/or alter their subjective reality, then relief and a new perception will follow. That is the essence of this journey.”