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About Me

Welcome to Yolotli Counseling, where healing begins with understanding and connection. I'm Brenda P. Melgoza, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT#89587) based in Southern California. My passion lies in supporting young professionals aged 20-45 within the BIPOC and Latinx communities, especially those who are children of immigrants and/or first generation college students.


Many of my clients seek help when facing challenges such as stress, anxiety, depression, codependency, and navigating life transitions. As a therapist deeply committed to serving BIPOC and Latinx communities, I offer a safe and inclusive space where you can be yourself and embark on a journey of growth and belonging.


In our sessions, I meet you where you are, embracing your unique experiences and aspirations. Together, we'll navigate life's complexities with empathy, warmth, and a touch of humor. My therapeutic style is direct and solution-focused, yet rooted in compassion and understanding. You'll feel seen and supported from the moment you step into my office.

Beyond my practice, I find joy in dancing, exploring different cultures through travel, immersing myself in a good book, and staying active with activities like Orange Theory or weightlifting. I'm fueled by the energy of organization and planning, and I never say no to a delicious cup of coffee or sharing a meal with loved ones.


At Yolotli Counseling, you're not just a client – you're part of a journey towards healing, growth, and empowerment. Let's embark on this transformative journey together.

  • Treatment of Chronic Anxiety and other Anxiety disorders

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Trauma Competency (Trauma, PTSD, Grief/Loss),

  • The Body Keeps the Score

  • Suicide/Self Harm: Stopping the Pain, Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, Seeking Safety, and Effective Treatment for treating Cluster B Personality Disorders), which use an individualized approach with each person.  


2016 - Present

Psychiatric Social Worker at Kaiser Permanente 


University of La Verne; Bachelor of Science, Biology


Prototypes-Senior Clinician in Transitional Age Youth Program


McKinley Children's Center, Outpatient Clinician


University of La Verne; Master of Science, Marriage Family Therapy

About Yolotli Counseling

Yolotli Counseling, named after the Nahuatl word for "heart," embodies the essence of life and strength. Our mission is to empower young professionals, particularly those who are first-generation higher education students or children of immigrants, within the BIPOC and Latinx communities. We are dedicated to fostering mental wellness and cultivating a supportive environment for each client to lead a meaningful and authentic life.


At Yolotli Counseling, we prioritize creating a safe space where individuals feel seen, understood, and accepted. Our approach emphasizes building a strong support system and nurturing personal growth. We believe in holistic care, recognizing that addressing mental health involves considering the whole person.


Our services focus on empowering clients to embrace their journey with openness and authenticity. We believe that by nurturing the heart and soul, individuals can transform their lives and positively impact their communities. Through interconnectedness, communication, understanding, and vulnerability, we strive to cultivate healthy relationships and foster personal flourishing.


Yolotli Counseling is committed to making a difference one heart and one person at a time. Contact us today to begin your journey towards holistic well-being and meaningful living.


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