Melissa Pesce

(LCSW)
Therapist Melissa Pesce Photo

About Me

Hi Families,
Thank you for reaching out!

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!


Specialties

  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #SW15618 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by K.E. on Nov 27, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Melissa is great! After only 2 sessions she has made in impact in how to communicate better with my spouse.

Written by A.M. on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

She is always responsive, and gives me ways to refocus my thoughts

Written by J.A. on Oct 31, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months

Melissa is flexible, helpful, thoughtful and accommodating. We would highly recommend her!

Written by B.I. on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning relationship

We love Melissa. She is very helpful.

Written by J.O. on Oct 07, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months

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!

Written by A.L. on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by K.Y. on Aug 24, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Melissa is such a comforting person that is able to help you feel heard and find your voice.

Written by S.T. on May 17, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

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!

Written by A.A. on May 09, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

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!

Written by M.A. on Apr 27, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 9 months

Thanks for being awesome! Truly so affirming and open minded. Queer/kink/poly/sex positive. So important

Written by E.U. on Apr 15, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem

I’ve had Melissa as long as I’ve been using teen counseling. She’s great! Real easy to talk to.

Written by S.H. on Mar 26, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

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!

Written by J.O. on Jan 28, 2021 after therapy with Melissa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

One of the most compassionate therapists I’ve had the pleasure of working with

Written by D.A. on Nov 13, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

My sessions with Melissa have been amazing. I don't know how I could have gotten through 2020 without her help.

Written by C.O. on Nov 05, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months

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!

Written by M.I. on Oct 26, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 9 months

I’m incredibly grateful to have found Melissa through teen counseling, she’s helped me so much.

Written by S.C. on Aug 14, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning anger management, and adhd

She listens well and has great ideas to help move forward

Written by A.M. on Jul 22, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

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.

Written by C.H. on Jul 19, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I really appreciate Melissa giving me insight and the confidence I needed to have to deal with my life

Written by S.E. on Jun 29, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by E.R. on Jun 25, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Thank you for your understanding.

Written by J.E. on Jun 16, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

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.

Written by S.A. on May 03, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is extremely understanding and supportive!

Written by K.R. on May 03, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by P.A. on Apr 21, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

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.

Written by S.A. on Apr 06, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months

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!

Written by I.S. on Jan 24, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse

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.

Written by J.O. on Jan 17, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

I love Melissa. She understands me and is supporting me through this hard time.

Written by J.. on Jan 07, 2020 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, and coaching

Melissa is great and I highly recommend her.

Written by D.A. on Dec 27, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 6 months

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.

Written by J.T. on Dec 02, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

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.

Written by J.A. on Nov 21, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

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.

Written by B.E. on Nov 09, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and adhd

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.

Written by J.I. on Oct 19, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and anger management

Melissa is great. She gives great advice and listens.

Written by M.E. on Sep 18, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Melissa and I have connected very well and she goes above and beyond to assure that my concerns addressed.

Written by D.O. on Sep 05, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by S.U. on Aug 13, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Love Melissa.I miss her on weeks we don't talk. She's just wonderful and has helped me tremendously.

Written by M.I. on Jun 24, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

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.

Written by S.T. on Jun 09, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

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!

Written by C.A. on Jun 04, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

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.

Written by M.E. on May 31, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

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.

Written by M.I. on May 02, 2019 after therapy with Melissa for 2 weeks

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.