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I would like to share a little about me. I was born and raised in upstate New York. Completed my bachelors in exercise science from Ithaca College and a masters in social work from University of South Florida. I am a licensed clinical social worker, LCSW, in the state of Florida. I have worked with children and adolescence and their families for over 7 years and the owner of private practice.
I specialize in trauma, PTSD, anger management, depression, coping skills, relationships, self-esteem, behavior issues, couples, stress, life transitions, and grief.
My integrative therapeutic approach utilizes trauma focused, cognitive behavior, and mindfulness techniques. These approaches are briefly described as: trauma informed care (TIC) is about safety, transparency, trustworthiness, voice, choice, and empowerment; cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is about the connection of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how they affect our daily lives; mindfulness based (MBCT) is being accepted and aware of yourself. Other types of evidenced based techniques I incorporate are strength based, solution focused, family systems, holistic, client centered and culturally sensitive.
My office hours are Monday - Wednesday 9am - 5pm; Thursday & Friday 9 am - 1pm. I offer live chat, phone & video sessions.
I look forward to helping your teen and family during this time. Let's get started!
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Intimacy-related issues
- Self esteem
Stress, Anxiety , Family conflicts , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression , Coping with life changes , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Communication Problems , Emptiness , Infidelity , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Posttraumatic Stress , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #SW15618 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
Melissa is great! After only 2 sessions she has made in impact in how to communicate better with my spouse.
She is always responsive, and gives me ways to refocus my thoughts
Melissa is flexible, helpful, thoughtful and accommodating. We would highly recommend her!
We love Melissa. She is very helpful.
Melissa helped me find myself. She helped me find the person I need to be rather than a person I thought I should be. I am very grateful for her!
I came into therapy because someone wanted me to, I didn’t think it was going to work. Melissa was fantastic, she’s not afraid to call out your bullshit and empower you from the call out. If you’re NOT wanting someone who just sits there listening, come to Melissa, she’s awesome.
Melissa is such a comforting person that is able to help you feel heard and find your voice.
Melissa was my counselor with teen counseling and I kept her for individual therapy through teen counseling because she is phenomenal. She really listens and engaged with me and is always giving me useful tools to assist me through my anxiety and other situations. Thanks, Melissa!
Melissa has been for me every step of the way for what it coming close to a year now. I can't thank them enough for how accommodating they have been for me and how much they understand my condition! I never feel pressured to do anything that would make me uncomfortable and she never hassles me about forgetting things. I feel Melissa genuinely loves their job and cares for the people they work with. I am still working on finding ways to tackle my deep rooted issues, but even just working with surface level stuff has made me a better me. Thank you!
Thanks for being awesome! Truly so affirming and open minded. Queer/kink/poly/sex positive. So important
I’ve had Melissa as long as I’ve been using teen counseling. She’s great! Real easy to talk to.
Melissa is a very kind and warm therapist. She is highly skilled and effective in her work. She is also authentic and easy to connect to. I highly recommend her!
One of the most compassionate therapists I’ve had the pleasure of working with
My sessions with Melissa have been amazing. I don't know how I could have gotten through 2020 without her help.
Melissa has been an amazing support to me. She is a wonderful listener and she also asks great questions that really get me thinking. She has helped me to basically redirect my life so that I am on a more positive path. I am very grateful for her services!
I’m incredibly grateful to have found Melissa through teen counseling, she’s helped me so much.
She listens well and has great ideas to help move forward
I’ve only been messaging with Melissa for a short while, but I can already feel the difference of having her. It feels like I have someone I can open up to at anytime, on my fingertips. It helps keep my anxiety in control, knowing that whatever the day brings, I can message Melissa.
I really appreciate Melissa giving me insight and the confidence I needed to have to deal with my life
Melissa has been an absolute amazing counselor to me. I went through a very difficult breakup 2 months ago (During this current Pandemic) and she really helped me find inner strength and peace.
She challenged me to find what it is that I am looking for, and to always be kind to myself. I highly recommend Melissa if you are going through a very difficult breakup.
Thank you for your understanding.
I've made considerable progress in life thanks to Melissa's knowledge and expertise. I look and back on life before working with her and it's hard to imagine I could have kept going that way. She is an attentive, intuitive, well educated, and skilled counselor. She has been life changing.
She is extremely understanding and supportive!
Melissa is amazing! She really makes me feel heard. She can get to the heart of the matter very quickly and asks thought-provoking questions that make me consider things that I hadn't even thought of. Her profile really stood out to me when I was looking for a counselor and I'm SO glad I found her.
Melissa is AMAZING! She has helped me process so much in such a short amount of time. And during these unprecedented times, I have found email to be the best way to communicate, and she replies quickly and with great insight! I am very grateful to have found her, and teen counseling.
Melissa is so good at making me feel heard and seen! She really pays attention and "gets it". She also has an awesome way of giving me the gentle "push" that I sometimes need. I give her my highest recommendation!
Melissa is a knowledgeable and caring therapist that has given me guidance to become a better person. Therapy with her has been a great and healing experience since day one. I can't imagine seeing another therapist because therapy has been so effective. I am truly grateful for her knowledge and expertise.
I love Melissa. She understands me and is supporting me through this hard time.
Melissa is great and I highly recommend her.
Melissa has been a gentle and insightful counselor since day one. I’ve come a long way toward reaching my goals with her support and guidance.
My first session with Melissa was incredibly helpful to me. I am already learning quite a bit and I feel more self aware. Melissa is a very good listener...and I am a wordy person so I’m grateful for her. She has been a clear communicator and has offered flexibility with scheduling. I would recommend Melissa to anyone searching for a great counselor! I have messaged her quite a bit and have had only my first phone session, but I am absolutely looking forward to continuing with her.
Melissa has reminded of the importance of being gentle with myself. She is also great about letting me be myself and helping me to have room to grow instead of trying to make me conform to her moral agenda.
Melissa is the person I have been searching for all these years. I've gone through SO many trauma groups, doctors, therapists, social workers, volunteer support counselors and she is just the perfect fit. Melissa listens, she understands and validates my feelings. When I need her, she's there and genuinely cares. We need more people like her to fix the mental health system. Life saving. Truly.
Melissa is great. She gives great advice and listens.
Melissa and I have connected very well and she goes above and beyond to assure that my concerns addressed.
Melissa has been awesome! Going through the loss of my spouse to just being sad he’s not here to share in joyful things happening.
Love Melissa.I miss her on weeks we don't talk. She's just wonderful and has helped me tremendously.
She is very helpful and immediately picked up the style of therapy that worked for me. I never feel like I have to sugarcoat my feelings or feel like I have no one to speak to when I am down.
Melissa is everything I could have asked for in a mental health provider and more. Me and my boyfriend have been doing counseling with her and are extremely satisfied. She listens, understands, and makes us feel like we’re not alone in any struggle we may be facing. This is the first time I’ve done counseling and I was very nervous but she put my mind at ease in the first few minutes of our first session. I HIGHLY recommend Melissa!
Melissa has honestly been helping me realize a lot of things and has helped me feel comfortable. She knows how to listen yet talk to me and help me.
Melissa is a wonderful caring counselor who helps in several different ways and will work with you so that you are able to speak to her or video with her whichever method you prefer.
Melissa is great. She's gentle, and very respectful. I feel extremely comfortable speaking with her. I have great confidence in her advise, and I greatly value her input.