Melvin, Yvette

Associate Professor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Career History

Yvette joined the faculty at Phillips in 2002 as adjunct faculty and shortly thereafter, transitioned to core faculty. She teaches in several courses from the MFT degree and mentors students. As an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, she provides clinical supervision to trainees and associates. She has been in private practice since 2001. Prior to her MFT career, Yvette worked in the corporate and business arenas.


  • BA Psychology, California State University, Northridge 1990
  • MA, Phillips Graduate Institute, 1996 (Specialization in Organizational Consulting)
  • Certified Bereavement Counselor

Courses Taught

  • MFC 502 – Family Systems – Course Chair
  • MFC 503 – Human Development – Faculty
  • MFC 504 – Diversity and Social Justice – Faculty
  • MFC 518 – Research – Faculties
  • MFC 519 – Case Conference – Course Chair
  • MFC 531 – Applied Therapeutic Methodologies – Faculty
  • MFC 533 – Field Study Practicum
  • MFC 539 – Legal and Ethical Issues – Faculty

Practice/Areas of Focus

Yvette’s teaching interests include an Existential/Humanistic perspective combined with Object Relations and Post Modern theories which emphasize hope and resilience. She truly enjoys mentoring students and associates. She has a private practice in Sherman Oaks where she works with families, couples and individuals assisting with relationship matters, career and business issues, life transitions, grief and loss issues, and assisting clients as they navigate the medical community, managing illness and recovery toward health. She has conducted numerous workshops and training seminars including Facilitating Hope After Loss.

Professional Organizations

  • Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society, Charter Member
  • Phillips Graduate Institute Alumni Association
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


  • Exploring the Journey Back to Hope: Recovery After Loss, Progress: Family Systems Research and Therapy Journal, 1999.