Melanie Dosen, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Social & Emotional Development Specialist, High Point Academy
Melanie Dosen, MSW is a clinical social worker in Pasadena, California specializing in individual, dyadic, family, and group therapy with children and adolescents. Her practice has a special focus on supporting developmental delays, chronic illness/medical fragility, anxiety, depression, social skills, and emotional regulation. She also has extensive experience supporting children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and their families. With over ten years of experience supporting individuals of all developmental abilities, Melanie offers a unique approach to addressing difficult behaviors, as well as the social, emotional, and sensory regulation challenges that are often a big part of a child and adolescents’ life.
Using the lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Melanie takes a “brain-based” approach to supporting growth and resiliency in her clients and their families. She believes that the more that we learn about our brains, the more empowered we are to take on the challenges that life throws our way. Melanie utilizes each individual’s strengths, skill sets, and interests to create meaningful connections, to promote growth, and to foster success. Offering a safe, pressure-free environment that supports the unique needs of the individual, Melanie uses play, reflection, skill-building, and mindfulness to give children and adolescents opportunities to learn, explore their inner world, navigate difficult feelings, and gain confidence.
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 families find ways to balance the needs of their child or teen within the everyday needs of the family.
Melanie is also the Social and Emotional Development Specialist at High Point Academy, where she provides professional development and ongoing support to teachers, faculty, and staff in working with kids who need support regulating their emotions and behavior, and where she works directly with students to support regulation and promote social and emotional wellness.”
Melanie completed her Master of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach with an emphasis on Children, Youth, and Families and has an extensive background in DIR/Floortime, a developmental play-based therapy. She also has training in Interpersonal Neurobiology and Child-Centered Play Therapy, and integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sensory Integration, and Mindfulness approaches in her practice.
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.