Joy Melhado (NP | NPF | RN)

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Focus Area: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Licensed in: California

During our first visit I want to get to know you, to assist you on a journey to achieve optimal wellness. I will be an attentive listener, provide an empathic therapeutic approach by partnering with you to achieve your ultimate lifetime goals. I am a strong advocate for mental health and will assist you to navigate the healthcare system that can be confusing at times. I utilize the recovery model to normalize mental health and eradicate any negative stigmas. A wide array of treatment modalities will be utilized such as supportive therapy, psychopharmacology, and integrating other complementary and alternative treatment modalities in your wellness plan.

About Me

Joy Melhado is a licensed and board-certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She studied in British Columbia, Canada, initially obtaining an Associate Degree in Psychiatric Nursing followed by an Associate Degree in Nursing; which provided her the role as a dual-trained registered nurse. She began her career in 1991 as a psychiatric nurse working in forensic and adult inpatient psychiatry. She brings over 30 years of experience in the specialty of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing which includes clinical practice and nursing administrative positions. Her philosophy is to work hard to end the stigma associated with mental illness by increasing awareness to other providers and the community. She is dedicated to being a strong advocate for her clients and families and brings compassion to her encounters with patients and families. She believes that mental health is vital to maintain ‘wholeness’: body, mind, and spirit. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Joy earned her Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate from the California State University of San Marcos. She has been awarded Psychiatric Nurse of the Year- Advanced Clinical role for San Diego County in 2012. Her current focus is working with clients across the lifespan who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and a wide range of other mental health conditions integrating brief psychotherapy techniques, lifestyle changes, and if necessary, medication management.


University of Phoenix '03 BSN
University of Phoenix '04 MSN
California State University San Marcos '21 PM


Reading, Listening to music, Hiking, Traveling, Spending time with friends

Therapeutic Expertise

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Grief, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Stress Management, Trauma



Insurances accepted by Joy Melhado

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Of California Managed Health Network (MHN) Noridian Medicare Sana Benefits

We’re in-network with most major providers. Covered members pay an average co-pay of $30.


Affordable and accessible

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