I’m Dr. Melanie Chinchilla, a Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Chinchilla, Psychologist

As a Psychologist, I help people manage stress, increase confidence, and navigate life’s unexpected twists and turns.

You are excellent at putting your head down and doing what needs to get done. Yet, after spending years stressing, working hard, and doing the “right thing,” you aren’t happy. You bought into the idea that suffering was required to achieve the type of success that eventually pays off.  However, when you arrived at the place you thought you wanted to be, you aren’t fulfilled. Life according to “the plan” just isn’t what you hoped it would be.

I understand how much courage it takes to scrap the plan or decide to step outside of the box.

You want to feel good in your personal AND professional life. You want your life to include things you want to do, not just what you “should” or “have to” do. You want to feel better about yourself and the direction you are headed.

You can absolutely be in the driver’s seat when it comes to your life.

There is more to life than suffering and working hard. Change is possible. As a therapist, I help people develop insight, recognize opportunities, move past challenges, and take action.

There is no one-size-fits-all therapy.

I tailor therapy for every person I work with. We will talk about your unique situation, stressors, quirks, concerns, and ways you learn best. I may ask you to do things outside of session because life happens between therapy sessions. The strategies I use have been successful for many people. As a Professional Psychologist, I am absolutely focused on helping my clients thrive.

Ready to get started?


You are not solely defined by any one aspect of your identity.
I am excited to learn how you define yourself, who you choose to be, 
where you want to go in life, and how I can help you get there.