Greetings! My name is Melissa Grabau, owner of The Yoga of Food. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience. I received my undergraduate degree from the University in Vermont with a double major in Comparative Religion and Psychology. I continued my studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa, where I received a Masters degree in Existential Psychology and then my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I have worked in varied settings including community mental health agencies, inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment centers, and the California State Prison system. The past 10 years, I have fully devoted my time to private practice. A sampling of the issues I work with include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, health and body image concerns, and relationship issues.
I am fascinated by the philosophy of yoga and have been practicing yoga since 2002. In addition, I have participated in two yoga teacher trainings. My first training was in 2008 in Integrative Yoga Therapy at Body Works Yoga in Petaluma, Ca. In early 2013, I participated in a training in Power Vinyasa yoga through Leap Yoga in Folsom, Ca. I have benefited greatly from the wisdom teachings and the physical practice of yoga. I integrate yoga philosophy and practice in my work with clients, as I believe it to be enormously helpful in the process of learning how to live well.