Melissa Smith, LCSW - Clinical Director
Melissa has been a part of the co-occurring mental health and addiction treatment field since 2004. While obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut, Melissa worked as a mental health technician within a locked psychiatric hospital unit, serving child and adolescent and adult psychiatric patients, as well as detoxification and addiction treatment patients.
Melissa then went on to obtain a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with a primary focus in mental health and substance abuse. Throughout her studies at USC, Melissa interned as a case manager in the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles and as a children’s therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Melissa then transitioned into working as a Residential Counselor and Intake Coordinator at dual diagnosis residential treatment facilities in Los Angeles, Malibu, and San Francisco.
In 2009, Melissa supported the creation and development of a case management aftercare program within the Los Angeles area. Building upon experience with assisting clients follow through with continuing care after treatment, Melissa took on Primary Therapist positions within detox, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs, with a focus on individual, group, and family therapy as well as creating comprehensive continuing care plans for clients post-treatment. Melissa has done extensive work as a facilitator of individual, group and family therapy. She has expertise in the clinical areas of treating substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders as well as coordination of continuing care, program and business development, documentation, and community outreach.
Melissa’s most recent position was serving as Clinical Director of Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Prior to this position, Melissa supported the development of all clinical programs at Haven House Addiction treatment in Los Angeles, serving as a primary therapist and group facilitator, Program Director and interim Clinical Director.
Melissa supported the program development from a clinical, program, and operations perspective, and as a program and clinical lead, developed comprehensive treatment and discharge plans, conducted biopsychosocial assessments, collaborated with a multidisciplinary team including outside service providers, facilitated groups and provided individual therapy and case management for dual diagnoses patients across all levels of care.