Melissa Coulson

(LCSW, Certified, Grief, Counseling, Specialist, (CGCS))

About Me

I am a social worker licensed in California with 4 years of experience working as a medical social worker and clinician. I have assisted clients with concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, chronic pain, and chronic illness among others. I have also worked with clients who just need someone to support them through challenging experiences, emotions, and life changes. My style is direct, positive, and warm with a focus on supporting clients but holding them accountable to their goals for treatment. You are coming here to gain the tools and understanding to deal with something in your life and I would love to be your partner in that! I believe in helping clients to build their mental toolbox to address current issues and be better prepared to meet new challenges with confidence throughout the rest of their lives. My holistic approach includes techniques and components of cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and humanistic therapies combined with motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and other interventions as needed to address each client's concerns individually . I also have additional training in grief and bereavement, cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and acceptance and commitment therapies. I will structure our sessions and treatment plan to meet your needs and goals so we can address what brings you to this platform together. My clients say I am easy to open up to, genuine, and a good listener. I would love to connect with you to help you through your current season of life and whatever challenges you are currently facing.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LCSW #101322 (Expires: 2023-04-30)


Reviews

Written by A.N. on Jun 17, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Been really happy working with her. She is a good listener, shares her thoughts and experiences, and reminds me to love myself.

Written by M.A. on Jun 13, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I feel very comfortable to speak to her

Written by J.O. on Jun 10, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem

Melissa and I were matched on Betterhelp by what seems like more than coincidence. Right from the start, Melissa has taken even avenue available to make sure that she understands me and makes sure that I feel safe to share what I need to share. With her ability to really connect with people in a meaningful and comforting way, our live chat conversations are always fun, productive, and helpful. Her ability to respond to messages in deep and thoughtful ways makes me excited to open them and I feel that my time with her has already been immensely productive and enriching. Her guidance through the maze of my own thoughts has helped me develop new tools for my toolbelt and I am lucky to have someone like her to work with!

Written by E.I. on Jun 05, 2021 after counseling with Melissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Melissa is awesome. She offers great suggestions and advice. She's been helping me come up with self care routines that I never even knew about. Thanks to Melissa, I'm seeing positive changes to my life!