Our highly qualified staff works with other SSCHC programs, such as the Parenting Resource Center and Social Services, to provide a multi-disciplinary team effort to promote family wellness. These collaborations and efforts give the support and counseling needed to Sixteenth Street patients who suffer from depression, stress, emotional issues and other mental health concerns.
We pride ourselves on our behavioral health integration into primary care. Three behavioral health providers, of varying degrees, are embedded into the medical pods to be available at any moment to perform a rapid assessment.
Open appointments are also maintained in the behavioral health team’s schedules so that medical teams can immediately refer patients suffering from depression, anxiety, as well as other mental health conditions. A plan of care is then established and the appropriate referrals are made to ensure patient care is coordinated.
View our Provider Directories:
Department Director – Maria Perez, PhD
Marriage & Family Therapists
Nurse Practitioner Prescribers
ADHD Diagnostic Testing
Melissa Waldo has been with Sixteenth Street for 8 years. She spent the first five as a masters level social worker in our Social Services department and the last three as a Psychotherapist (LCSW) in the Behavioral Health Department. Melissa loves the mission of the clinic and the amazing people who walk in the door every day, with the hope of leaving feeling healthier, happier and safer.
Melissa’s philosophy of practice is centered around the fact that her clients are the experts of their own lives. While they are seeking psychotherapy services, she is there to offer clinical support and assist them in finding what they need to live more fully. She believes that while this world can be absolutely beautiful, it can also aim to destroy people’s sense of safety and worth – the human spirit is incredibly resilient, and if we can find the will to live despite the trauma of this world, it is magical.
“Many of the stories that I hear from my clients are sad and tragic, but the spirit and resiliency that they embody is what makes my job so rewarding. While I sit in the “therapist chair,” it is their strength and fortitude that inspires me to continue to love the work I do every day”