Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD)

Marriage and Family Therapist TraineeNISD Counseling
Contact Person:
Melda Baysal Walsh (858) 480-1462
3636 Fifth Avenue, Suite 203
CA 92103
Methods of Payment Accepted:
Cash, Credit Card, Sliding scale fee: $30 and $25 for students
Currently no insurance; low fee/sliding scale: $30 per session ($25 per session for students)
Languages Spoken:
English, German, Turkish
Transitions (Pregnancy, Infertility, Pregnancy Loss, Postpartum, Parenthood)
Melda is currently a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at SDSU and a trainee at Narrative Initiatives San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. in (German) Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Orientalism, Postcolonialism, Women and Gender Studies and Visual Arts. She is enthusiastic about post-modern ideas, interdisciplinary and integrative work, and she is passionate about exploring the use of verbal and physiological "languages" as “tools” that construct (and at times limit) our narratives, and impact perceptions of our relationships, our surrounding cultural realities as well as our mental and physical identities. Furthermore, she is fascinated by the many ways people relate to one another in their families and communities and how mechanisms of power, authority and oppression are at the core of relationships. With great understanding of the strong and inevitable ties which language, culture, and social justice partake in our mental health and wellbeing as well as in our global and multi-cultural society, Melda is delighted to support the Postpartum Health Alliance's efforts as a provider and Warmline Volunteer. Having been challenged by Postpartum Anxiety after her first pregnancy, supporting people in transition phases, including pregnancy, pregnancy loss, infertility, postpartum and parenthood, is near and dear to Melda's heart. Melda believes that we all hold a knowledge that comes from within and that alternatives to our dominant stories which we tell about ourselves and our lives offer great potentials for change. She is passionate about listening to people's dominant narratives and seeks to bring out alternative and/or hidden stories collaboratively with her clients to initiate change and preferred ways of being and relating to others and the world around us.