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Melissa Coulson, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Grief Self esteem, Motivation Coping with life changes
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

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.

Professional experience

3yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Grief Self esteem, Motivation Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: 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, Communication Problems, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

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

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

CA LCSW 101322

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Melissa Coulson. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Melissa has always been a compassionate carrying therapist and has always offered me very good advice I'm lucky I've gotten to work with her.

Written on Apr 22, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Melissa has been a huge help in my journey to understand my mental health. She is compassionate and understanding. I always feel validated after and during our sessions. I really appreciate the fact that she gives realistic and practical advice that I can implement. I am looking forward to working with her more.

Written on Apr 11, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Melissa is an amazing, caring, patient clinician. She helped me become a better version of myself. She helped me realize my own self-worth and taught me to celebrate all of my achievements. She is absolutely the best!

Written on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Melissa is the best thing about Betterhelp! She is a gem...so kind and compassionate. Her care shines through in all that she does.

Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 10 months on issues concerning lgbt, family conflicts, and grief

Melissa has been a gift in my life.
I only wish I had found this space sooner in my life.

Finding a partner for this work is difficult at times.
Melissa has been everything I needed and I can not imagine working as closely with anyone else.

Written on Mar 15, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

She is such a better fit than my previous counselor. She really relates to my life situation.

Written on Mar 12, 2022 after therapy with Melissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management