Monica Melchor-Alvarez,
  • AMFT

Mental Health Therapist

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Monica came to the U.S when she was 3 years old and grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Oregon. After graduating with her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications from Portland State University, her heart and soul knew she wanted to see and learn more. Three months after graduation, she took a leap of faith and drove her way down to San Diego. This is where she knew she needed to be at this time of her life!

Monica continued her passion for mental health and completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. From undergrad all the way through her Master’s program, Monica had the opportunity to work with marginalized and underserved communities where she strives to destigmatize mental health, break generational trauma and ultimately provide healing. Monica is passionate about decolonization and creating systemic change while providing a space for others to share their voice and create their own narratives.

In her free time you can find Monica out and about drinking a cafecito (coffee), buying more plants then she needs, trying new restaurants and enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her friends. She loves all the hidden gems San Diego has to offer. Monica grew up with such love for the outdoors as she remembers camping trips with her family, memories on the river and venturing out on her own. Monica also enjoys traveling and learning about unique places and their communities. She also goes back home to visit her family and friends in Oregon. She is excited about being a part of the Mending Matter’s family and continuing to provide support for youth and their families.

Contact Info


  • Location: Poway High School
  • Therapists can only be reached during the hours of 7.30AM-3.30PM. In the event you are feeling unsafe or require immediate medical or psychiatric assistance, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You can also call the Access & Crisis Line for 24/7 assistance at (888) 724-7240.