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About Javier Omar Meléndez-Vega, LCSW

Hello, I'm Javier Meléndez, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. With dual Master's degrees in Social Work and Youth and Young Adult Ministry, I bring over a decade of experience in providing holistic mental health care.

My Philosophy: Eutierria Therapy

Eutierria is an emotion term that describes the experience of having good and positive feeling of oneness with the earth and its life forces. My practice, Eutierria Therapy, is rooted in this philosophy. It's about being whole, reconnecting to our minds and bodies, and empowering us to be more present. It aims to restore broken relationships, deepen our bonds with others, and reunite us with nature's natural rhythms. Beyond that, it seeks to rediscover a connection to the divine, offering a sense of greater meaning and purpose.

My Approach: Salutogenic Mental Health

I practice a salutogenic approach to mental health, focusing on factors responsible for well-being rather than the causes of "dis-ease." During our sessions, we will explore what aspects of your life are naturally improving your physical, mental, ecological, social, and spiritual well-being. We'll incorporate strategies like mindfulness, embodiment, time in nature, interpersonal effectiveness, and spiritual technologies to promote and enhance your holistic well-being.

Who I Serve

As a Puerto Rican/Taino member of the LGBTQ community, I specialize in providing a safe and affirming space for individuals to explore their cultural, ethnic, sexual, and gender identities. I focus on treating complex trauma, anxiety, and issues related to spirituality and sexuality.

Beyond Therapy

I'm deeply committed to fostering a harmonious relationship between humanity and the Earth. This commitment extends beyond the therapy room as I actively collaborate with others who acknowledge the connection between environmental restoration and mental health. In my free time, you'll find me outdoors—hiking, camping, or simply soaking in the natural world.

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MY QUALIFICATIONS

Education
  • Master of Social Work, Andrews University, 2015

  • Master of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Andrews University, 2015

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Communication, Angelo State University, 2011

Certifications
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker - California & Texas

  • Ecospirituality: Environmental Pathways to Healing

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional I

Work Experience

Multi-Sport Instructor, Avid4 Adventure, Oakland, CA

May 2022 - August 2022

  • Lead 4 two-week multisport adventure groups for elementary & middle school kids

  • Communicated with parents on daily basis providing updates on daily activities and child engagement

  • Conducted risk management and provided First Aid as necessary

Field Instructor & Advisory Council Member, Bay Area Wilderness Training, Oakland, CA

January 2019 - May 2022

  • Planned and lead front country camping trips to train groups of youth workers on how to take their youth out camping

  • Coordinated and facilitated outdoor programming, games, and rituals

  • Advised and collaborated with executive team on strategies for improving programming

Behavioral Health Clinician I, Fremont High School, Casa del Sol at La Clinica de la Raza, Oakland, CA

July 2018 - May 2022

  • Developed assessments and treatment plans for clients while providing individual and family therapy

  • Conducted crisis interventions and provided trauma informed care 

  • Collaborated with high school to improve overall campus-wide mental health

Youth Counselor, Berkeley Youth Alternatives, Berkeley, CA

July 2017 - July 2018

  • Developed assessments and treatment plans for clients

  • Provided clinical therapy and case management for youth ages 6-18 

Campus Minister, Adventist Christian Fellowship, LIFE Adventist Church of Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

March 2016 - May 2018

  • Coordinated and managed various spiritual development programs for university students

  • Provided one-on-one spiritual consultations for university students

Campus Minister, Adventist Christian Fellowship, Bloomington Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Bloomington, IN

August 2015 - February 2016

  • Coordinated and managed various spiritual development programs for university students

  • Provided one-on-one spiritual consultations for university students

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