About Melanie

Melanie Dosen, MSW

California State University, Long Beach

melanie@thecenterforconnection.org

(626) 658-7964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melanie Dosen, MSW is a clinical social worker in California who specializes in working with children, youth, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.  She completed her Master of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach with an emphasis in Children, Youth, and Families.  With five years of clinical experience and nearly ten years of experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages, Melanie offers a unique approach to addressing difficult behaviors, as well as the physical, emotional, and sensory regulation challenges that are often a big part of a child’s life.

Melanie has an extensive background in DIR/Floortime, a developmental play-based therapy.  She uses each child’s strengths, skill sets, and interests to create meaningful connections, experience growth, and feel successful.   Fostering a safe, pressure-free environment that supports the unique needs of the child, Melanie uses play to give children opportunities to learn, explore their inner world, experience difficult feelings, and gain confidence. Most importantly, they get to have fun with people they love!

In her practice, Melanie has a “family approach” philosophy: what works for the individual family member has to work for the whole family!  Whether supporting parents, caregivers, and siblings through individual services, training, or consultation, Melanie is committed to helping each individual family member find ways to balance the needs of their child within every day needs of the family.

Along with utilizing a DIR/Floortime approach, Melanie provides individual, dyadic, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults, with a special focus on developmental delays, anxiety, depression, social skills, and emotional regulation.  She also has paraprofessional training in Augmentative Adaptive Communication (AAC), which utilizes various technologies to support non-verbal or limited verbal individuals in communication.  On the weekends, Melanie can be found hiking, enjoying local events and eateries with family and friends, or volunteering at her community garden.  She is excited to use her skills and passion to support your family! 

 

ASW#64357, supervised by Annalise Kordell, LCS#2826