Melinda Haynes completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at California State University, Chico ("Chico State") and a Master of Arts in Psychology at California Southern University ("Cal Southern"). She completed her licensing (internship) hours under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Nieman (Cornerstone Christian Counseling) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
After launching her professional therapy career as a therapeutic foster care (TFC) therapist, she ventured out into her own Private Practice serving the greater Tulsa area.
When Northern California called her back home, she completed the licensing process for a marriage & family therapist (again!) and relocated her Private Practice to Chico.
In 2018, she founded Family & Children’s Counseling Services, Inc. with a vision to facilitate healing and whole-person well-being through the use of a variety of clinically proven psycho-social interventions. (See the history and growth of FCCS here.)
Melinda has assisted children and families in regards to social, emotional and behavioral concerns, parenting, life transitions and healthy adjustment since 2003. She has been called as an Expert Witness in Supervised Visitation and authored the first fully online National Supervised Visitation training course for new and seasoned professional providers.
Melinda is proud of her amazing adult children: a son (Chico State Business Finance graduate and insurance specialist), a daughter (University of Central Oklahoma graduate and Registered Nurse), and youngest daughter (9 year old spunky gymnast and art enthusiast).
FCCS is directed by Melinda Haynes, MA, California LMFT license number 102308. Oklahoma LMFT license number 1153. North Carolina LMFT license number 2143.