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Melissa Daoud

Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Therapist at Teen/Family Therapy Center of Silicon Valley
San Jose, California, 95124

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About Melissa Daoud

    Relationships make life meaningful, and when they are not going well, they can affect our outlook on life by causing us pain and self-doubt. Life changes and challenges can intensify these difficulties. Therapy can provide a safe place to understand yourself better, identify patterns that no longer serve you, and learn strategies to change. It takes strength and courage to ask for help, so safety and trust are essential to effective therapy.

    As your therapist, I am here to walk alongside and guide you through your journey. I specialize in parenting, teen and parent conflict, and child and adolescent therapy. I also enjoy helping families prepare for college and supporting them through the transition. I am committed to providing you with a safe, caring, warm, and non-judgmental space to begin your journey toward healing, growth, and a more fulfilling life. 

    A little about me, I converted to Islam in 2001 and was born and raised in the United States. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I completed my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2017. My approach to therapy is integrative and tailored to the individual. I use the best tools from psychodynamic, attachment theory, family systems, and evidence-based psychotherapies such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) or cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). My approach to working with children and teens involves working with their parents regularly. 

North American
I speak

My Credentials, Specialities & Practice

I conduct therapy
Both in person and online
Credentials Choice
I am licensed my license information is below
License Number
License State/Province, Country
California, USA
Year I began practice
Santa Clara University, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, 2017
San Jose State University, MA in Research and Experimental Psychology, 2009
San Jose State University, BA in Psychology, Minor in Biology
Additional Credentials
Certified Child and Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCAATP)
Level 1 Team CBT Certification
Clinical practice most informed by Relational Developmental Systems Approach
Trained in Relational Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Completed the Following Training from the Gottman Institute and uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her work with Couples:
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm
Treating Affairs and Trauma: Helping Couples Heal and Rebuild Trust
Drs. John and Julie Gottman on the 10 Core Principles for Effective Couples


Therapist at Family Therapy Center (2022-present)

Specializing in culturally sensitive care, parent coaching/co-parenting, couples and family therapy, divorce, anxiety, identity issues, bridge care up to higher level care, or stepping down from a higher level of care.

Currently leading an applied DBT group for high school students.

Therapist at Khalil Center (2018-2022)

Worked in an outpatient clinic serving culturally diverse children, teens, and families with various presenting issues, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, conflicts between parents and children, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, pre-marital coaching, and couples counseling.

Worked as a school-based individual therapist to culturally diverse students ages 5-18 with various presenting issues, including depression, parent-child conflicts, academic stress, anxiety, difficulty regulating emotions, peer relationships, and behavioral problems in the classroom.

Also provided parent coaching to educate parents on supporting the child in the home and school environment.

Therapist at Los Gatos Therapy Center (2020-2021)

IOP program, DBT, Outpatient Clinic

Worked as an IOP team member, developed and implemented DBT skills-based curricula for teens, and facilitated DBT skills groups for moderately high acuity.

Provided individual, couples, and parent support counseling and family therapy to mild to moderate acuity patients aged 5-65.

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at The Miri Center (2019-2020)

Provided educationally related mental health services (EHRMS) and school-based counseling services to diverse children and teens in grades K-12 at multiple schools per their IEP/504 plans with various health conditions such as autism, ADHD, emotional disturbance, processing disorders, and specific learning disabilities to work through mental health, relationship, and school-related issues.

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee/Associate at Adolescent Counseling Services (2016-2018)

In the on-campus counseling program, provided school-based psychotherapy to children and teens in grades 4-8th with various learning differences and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, school refusal, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.

Suicide & Crisis Hotline Volunteer and for Santa Clara County Prevention Line. (2008-2011)

Special Areas of Interest: Anxiety, Life transitions, Parenting

Additional Areas of Interest: children of immigrants, co-parenting, divorce, identity exploration, learning differences, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts.
Top 3 Specialties
Anxiety Child Parenting
ADHD Anger Management Anxiety Bipolar Disorder Bullying Career Guidance Child Coping Skills Depression Divorce Education and Learning Disabilities Emotional Disturbance Family Conflict Life Transitions Marital and Premarital Mood Disorders Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Parenting Peer Relationships Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum Racial Identity Relationship Issues School Issues Self-Esteem Self-Harming Spirituality Stress Suicidal Ideation Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Women's Issues
Treatment Approach
Attachment-based Therapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Couples Therapy Culturally Sensitive Therapy Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Faith-Centered Approach Family Systems Therapy Family Therapy Gottman Method Integrative Therapy Play Therapy Psychodynamic Therapy Relational Psychotherapy Sandplay Therapy Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy Strength-Based Therapy
Individual Couples Family Group
Age Specialty
Children Teen Adults (18+)
I don't accept insurance - Cash-only/Out-of-pocket
Finances & Insurance
First appointment/initial assessment 90 min: $345
75 min sessions: $315
50 min sessions: $210
**Couples and Family sessions must be 75 min slot
**Parent coaching sessions can be 50 min slot

If you'd like, I can provide you with a statement at the end of each month that you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. Some insurance companies will not cover outpatient psychotherapy. Therefore, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company before the first appointment to inquire about reimbursement.
Payment Methods
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Contact Information

Practice/Organization Name
Teen/Family Therapy Center of Silicon Valley
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2450 Samaritan Dr
San Jose, California, 95124
United States
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