Melanie Scicchitano

(MS, LMHC)

About Me

Hi! My name is Melanie. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience at University of Delaware and my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at SUNY College at Old Westbury. I have experience with adults, teenagers, children, Veterans, substance users, and the developmentally disabled. I also have a lot of experience with relationship counseling as it is a prevalent factor among most populations. I conduct group and individual therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

In my undergraduate studies, I conducted extensive research with PTSD in rats. This was an eye-opening experience as it taught me about the human stress reaction and how humans with trauma function differently from humans without trauma due to lacking the ability to extinguish fear. I use this in my practice as I currently work in an inpatient psychiatric setting with patients who have extreme trauma history. My graduate studies focused on the psychodynamic approach to counseling in which I learned about human development, family context, relationships, and transference/countertransference. I utilize this approach when working with clients as it helps me to understand the individuality if my clients based on their personal development.

I use a myriad of theoretical approaches in my practice as I believe that all client's circumstances and personalities are different and treatment should be personalized. I focus on motivational interviewing in my practice as it is goal oriented and encourages a client toward change-talk and change-action. I use person-centered therapy once the client presents as motivated, but needs support and encouragement. I am here to listen without judgement and guide you through your own transitional journey. I am a firm believer of solution focused therapy in which a client is encouraged to focus on the present and future. I love to utilize CBT for a motivated client in order to deconstruct their thoughts/feelings/behaviors and identify the interrelationship between these thoughts/feelings/behaviors. One way to work on this is by teaching about faulty thinking errors/distortions and offering some positive coping skills to restructure thinking. This approach is best for clients who are willing to take their counseling further by completing homework, thought logs, charts, etc.

Lastly, I emphasize the need for self-care in my clients. I am personable and friendly in my practice and I owe this to having balance in my life. When I am not counseling, I practice yoga, ride my bike, see my friends or family, play with my dog, go outside, or go shopping. I encourage all clients to utilize self-care and do what makes them feel happy and free.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Communication Problems , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Jealousy , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #009995 (Expires: 2022-10-31)


Reviews

Written by C.Y. on Sep 22, 2020 after counseling with Melanie for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Melanie is fantastic! She's so kind and goes out of her way to help you with your specific needs. 10/10 would recommend her help, she's great!

Written by M.A. on Sep 15, 2020 after counseling with Melanie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Melanie has been a huge help for me to move forward in a process that usually takes a long time for me to work through. She checks in to make sure I’m ok, responds quickly and provides the support I need when I need it. Very grateful for all her help!

Written by J.A. on Aug 07, 2020 after counseling with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Melanie has helped me so much! I was really struggling when I started Betterhelp and needed to take action in order to make significant changes in my life; Melanie helped me get to a place where I could make those changes. I'm so grateful for her support!

Written by G.E. on Aug 06, 2020 after counseling with Melanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and coping with life changes

After a few months of working with Melanie, I finally feel the clarity and control I’ve been seeking in my life. I feel very comfortable talking to her and appreciate all her quick and thoughtful responses to whatever I have to say. She makes me feel seen and validated.

Written by F.U. on Jun 02, 2020 after counseling with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

For the few discussions I’ve had with Melanie She’s been unbelievably observant. She understands an issue quickly and takes it in the direction that I wasn’t seeing.

Written by D.R. on May 10, 2020 after counseling with Melanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Melanie is wonderful, every time I talk to her I feel like I've taken steps forward in my life.