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The Founder:

Rachel Melvald

“This is a new beginning…We have two new really great assets, Rachel and Kevin to move forward and have a great home for a family”
Dwell Magazine

Meet Rachel Melvald, a psychotherapist who uses her background in psychology and design to resolve issues between couples who are in the throes of a high-stress project.

If you’ve ever embarked on a design project, whether it be selecting a new sofa to a massive gut renovation, you probably know how stressful, confusing, and mentally exhausting the experience can be.

Enter the “PSYCHITECT” Rachel Melvald, a licensed psychotherapist with a background in fine arts, architecture, and psychology who specializes in helping her clients maintain good relationships—both romantic and professional—during the design process.

PSYCHOLOGY meets DESIGN: How PSYCHITECTURE was BORN

Niche services based upon Rachel Melvald’s unique blend as a trained psychotherapist and designer who studied architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture and interior design at UCLA. She saw the increasing need for support and intervention from couples in real estate buying, designing a home, or remodeling to help negotiate design decisions while mediating challenges between architects/designers. The service has not only increased satisfaction with design results but proves to lower costs and avert marriage and partnership dissolution.

She is the only one in her field doing this type of work and has trademarked the methodology and service. With extensive training in Jungian analytical studies, somatic therapies, and environmental psychology, and art and design, Rachel Melvald took it a step further to work with clients to optimize how they feel in space on a psychological and interpersonal level.

What is PSYCHITECTURE?

PSYCHITECTURE as PHILOSOPHY:
How we live and feel in our environment

The foundation of Psychitecture is based on the principles of mindfulness, experience and designing with intention:

  • Neuroscience
  • Jungian Analysis
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Design-Led Contextual Inquiry
  • Phenomenology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Experience Centered Design
  • Mindfulness

PSYCHITECTURE as METHODOLOGY:

How we intervene in the design and build process to maintain a collaborative process and harmonize design visions
Rachel Melvald can work as a project manager, designer, or mediator/psychotherapist to form an assessment of design needs and following up with an intervention strategy and implementation.

DWELL Magazine Featured Psychitect

Rachel Melvald

The Psychitect Is In:

How One Therapist Helps Couples Tackle Design
Projects Together

Meet Rachel Melvald, a psychotherapist who uses her background in psychology and design to resolve issues between couples who are in the throes of a high-stress project.

If you’ve ever embarked on a design project, whether it be selecting a new sofa to a massive gut renovation, you probably know how stressful, confusing, and mentally exhausting the experience can be. Enter the “psychitect”: Rachel Melvald, a licensed psychotherapist with a background in fine arts, architecture, and psychology who specializes in helping her clients maintain good relationships—both romantic and professional—during the design process.

Melvald even makes connections between design preferences, like color and material selection, and personal histories and experiences.

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